Untold Stories of September 11 by Harlie King

1 Dec

On September 11, 2001 Talat Hamdani’s son, Salman went missing. He had gone to work that day, but never arrived. His mother, Talat Hamdani, waited for his call that night but the phone never rang. Soon after the attacks, a flier circulated pointing out that Salman was wanted for questioning. His mother was appalled. When she heard this, she made the assumption that it was because Salman was a Muslim of Pakistani descent.
Salma was a certified E.M.T. and former N.Y.P.D. cadet. Talat Hamdani was not able to understand why someone with this history would even be considered of being involved in these horrific attacks. He had served his country in more ways than one. Salma’s remains were found at Ground Zero in March of 2002. His name was also later cleared of the suspicions of his involvement in the attacks just shy of a year before his remains had been discovered.
After Slama’s death, his father got up and fled the house leaving his mother there alone by herself. Talat Hamdani never saw her husband again. Two years later, she received news that her husband had passed away. Not only had she lost her son, but now she lost her husband as well. Talat Hamdani told a close friend that she had started to give up on everything good in life. Then in May of 2012, Talat Hamdani met with President Obama at Ground Zero. After having a long conversation with the president about her son, she started to see things from a whole different perspective. The president had opened her eyes to a world of peace, in the place of the grief she had been feeling for the past recent years.

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9 Responses to “Untold Stories of September 11 by Harlie King”

  1. Natalie Grimes December 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    September 11th was such a horrific day in history, and it must have been even worse for this mother. I cannot imagine the grief she felt due to her losses, but it is really uplifting for her and the rest of American to have the Ground Zero site to remember and grieve over those who lost their lives.

    • Daniel Bobo December 3, 2012 at 6:12 am #

      Wow, this entry is a very surreal and heart throbbing. What happened on 9/11 will be the fuel to every fight against terrorism. One of the great things about Americans is that they are not afraid to act heroically, even if it means loosing their lives. Great story and nice job making the story ‘flow’. Good job!

  2. Jherson fuentes December 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I cannot imagine what this mother must have been thinking when she found out that her son died to try and save the people in an accident and be accused of being a terrorist.

  3. Tamara Altowaiji December 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    September 11th was a time that led to terrible moments for more people than recognized. This poor family was targeted as being a part of something that they were in fact victims of as well. To this day, people are still being maltreated because of their race. When will it come to an end?

  4. Yarely Vergara December 3, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    September 11th is a day that no American will forget. It was the day that changed our country as a whole. I can’t imagine the pain that this mother went through when her son was considered a suspect and the even greater pain to find out that he had been killed. She faced many challenges after the death of her son; however in life we always have that one person, in this case the president, that shows up when you’re about ready to lose hope.

  5. Gerardo Padilla December 3, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    September 11th was a day that will be remembered by the American people for the rest of our lives. It affected many families not only across the US but acress the world. This is a perfect example. Just to hear this story make me feel impotence.

  6. sophiachiavatti December 3, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    9/11 was an absolutely horrible day. And to have her own son considered a suspect is unimaginable. Then her husbands death, I can’t even begin to think what she went through and I don’t blame her for giving up hope I would have done the exact same thing! To have the president help put things back into perspective was an incredible thing for him to do.

  7. Cynthia Bernabe December 3, 2012 at 5:34 am #

    This article just proves how the United States aren’t so united. We stand together as a country but as soon as something goes bad we turn our backs on all good people have done and start pointing fingers. How dreadful to have lost a son that served the country well and just because of his heritage he is accused of something so horrible, a terrorist.

  8. Daniel Bobo December 3, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    Wow, this entry is a very surreal and heart throbbing. What happened on 9/11 will be the fuel to every fight against terrorism. One of the great things about Americans is that they are not afraid to act heroically, even if it means loosing their lives. Great story and nice job making the story ‘flow’. Good job!

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