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Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 Fifteen Years After...

New York marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks more resilient, wealthier and more diverse than ever, yet that terrible day is forever seared into its DNA.

The Al-Qaeda hijackings of September 11, 2001 -- the first foreign attack on the US mainland in nearly two centuries -- ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today.
More than 2,750 people were killed when two passenger jets destroyed the Twin Towers, the symbol of New York's financial wealth and confidence. The remains of only 1,640 people have been identified.

Nearly 75,000 others live with mental and physical illnesses as a result of the attacks, many of them emergency workers who breathed in cancerous toxins as they valiantly tried to save lives.

In the last 15 years, New York has sought to craft a balance between remembering the victims and the carnage, and doing what it does best: endless regenerating, rebuilding and looking toward the future.
Downtown Manhattan is today one of the most fashionable parts of New York, packed with luxury hotels, boutiques and smart restaurants.

The World Trade Center site has been totally rebuilt, home to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the world's most expensive train station, a performing arts center and offices.
"People come to this site from all over the world. It is something that now is a symbol to people around the world of resilience," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The jewel in its crown is World Trade Center One, or Freedom Tower, which at 1,776 feet (the year of US independence), or 541 meters, is the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, its lights visible for miles.

- Teaching history -
Its observatory affords stunning views to rival the Empire State Building and the Oculus transport hub is an architectural marvel -- a $4 billion glass and steel oval designed by Santiago Calatrava.
In the 15 months since it opened, the neighboring 9/11 museum has welcomed nearly seven million visitors.
Tourists from across the planet and those mourning loved ones place roses in the grooves of the names inscribed around two reflecting pools in the footprint of the collapsed North and South Tower.

As the years advance, the Museum says it is focused on teaching 9/11 to students born after 2001 who already see the attacks as history.
"To have the tools as literate adults in this very complicated world, I believe that this place provides a kind of foundation for understanding that world," explained director Alice Greenwald.

"Everybody who comes to New York -- it's like you have to stop here," agreed Vincenzo Nardone, an Italian-American who has lived in New York 47 years and lost a friend in the Twin Towers.
He toured the museum "crying like crazy" but said the aftermath of the tragedy made the city friendlier and more accepting.
But New York remains on edge. Stringent security checks are routine. New Yorkers are taught to speak up if they see anything suspicious.
The city police department -- already the richest and best equipped in the country -- last year announced it was boosting numbers by an extra 1,300 officers in part to strengthen counterterrorism efforts.
- On guard -
Elected officials speak constantly of making sure attacks never happen again, claiming to have thwarted 20 apparent terror plots.
"I think everyone's a little more on guard," said Hal Shane, 68, a retired Broadway performer who lives uptown and who visited the memorial for the first time this week.
It is the same all over the world, especially in Europe, he said.
"I feel like the guy in Marseille has as much as a problem as I do right now, so we're like a victim family, we now become attached to all those other places that have suffered the same horror," said Shane.

The polarizing presidential election, between two New Yorkers: billionaire Republican businessman Donald Trump and former state senator Hillary Clinton, is doing little to calm city dwellers' nerves.
But the prospect of the attacks receding into history worries those New Yorkers for whom it is still such a big part of daily life.

"What I'm really scared about is that 9/11 is becoming a footnote," said Scott Matty, 62, who suffers from blood cancer.
Doctors have linked his illness to him returning to work in lower Manhattan just days after the attacks, when the air was still thick with dust from cancer-causing substances.

"9/11 did not end," Matty told AFP. "People are getting sick today, people are dying today because of what happened."

culled AFP

*Do we have any BV's who witnessed 9/11 eyeball to eyeball?Any nine eleven stories here?


  1. Its fifteen years already. I was a small girl when it happened.

    God bless Everyone .

    1. I tink there's no tragic event dat can b compared to d serian war n d book haram of Nigerian!
      Absolutely nothing !

    2. I tink there's no tragic event dat can b compared to d serian war n d book haram of Nigerian!
      Absolutely nothing !

    3. What do you mean anon? Lives and properties lost. There's no basis for comparison here please.

    4. @fire cracker I'm like why does it av to b like d worst tin dat hit d world? Wen we av d Serian war n book haram! No tragic event can b compared to those 2!

  2. May they continue to RIP

  3. Just like yesterday oh. I'll never forget the experience. It was a black day indeed Chai.

    Anyone who's yet to watch Fahrenheit 9/11 by Micheal Moore should go watch it.

    Quite revealing and a thought provoking documentary.

    1. Ma'am did you witness it? Enlighten us smallies puhlease
      Must have been a horrible, horrible experience.

    2. So na film you from watch am..... small girl with big cat.... #marshallmatters

    3. @ Becky,there are pictures, videos and all the details on the Internet.

    4. Becky, I was in New York when it happened. So yes, in a way I witnessed the aftermath. We were a few blocks away and everyone was evacuated. I was even pregnant then sef. We had gone to new York from Massachusetts for work when it happened. Dayum the chaos was out of this world.

      People crying, calling their loved ones, train stations closed down, mobile phones interrupted. My hubby nearly ran mad when he couldn't reach me for hours. My dear, our eyes were washed out because of smoke. I treated a throat infection for weeks after. Even those in new jersey saw the smoke. I thought I'd lose my pregnancy out of shock then sef. But thank God.

      Fire fighters from the tri-state area where invited to the scene then because the local ones weren't just enough. So imagine how exhausted the entire forces were.. even some police men broke down crying when they couldn't help some that were stuck in the rubbles. Biko let me stop this story because it brings bad memories. Really sad

      The documentary is about the alleged brains behind the attack. The Osama family and their link to the U.S. You should watch it.

      OK bye

  4. What a horrible experience for those that witnessed it.

  5. May the departed souls continue to rest in peace and may God grant their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

  6. Can't believe we could move pass this day. It's beautiful girl plenty years ago. Yet m still in tears. #RIP Sosoliso#Bellview # loyolajesuit student#pastor bimbo odukoya#all d lives lost through one disaster or the other. GOD BLESS AFRICA BLESS NIGERIA BLESS THE WORLD

  7. I keep thinking of people's last words and moments. The prayers, the screams, the cries, the shock. My God! My God! My God! I can't deal

  8. My friends were on a honeymoon trip in the US. 24h before 9/11 happened they passed there....

  9. Wow, already 15 years I watched it live on CNN DAT day. I cried and cried especially when I saw the baby who was thrown out of the world trade center tower by the mum. Chai

  10. Honour is my name.11 September 2016 at 09:55

    I was there life,what a horrible experience I will not like to talk about

  11. Remember Me...tears 9/11

  12. Wow how time flies!!
    It's 15years already. May the souls of the victims continue to RIP.

  13. Some people would have started blaming d past administration and promising to rebuild d tower 100 years later...

  14. Watched it, Very emotional documentary.

  15. 7/09/2001 is also a date that can never be forgotten in Jos....loss loved ones as well.

  16. 7/09/2001 is also a date that can never be forgotten in Jos....loss loved ones as well.

    1. That was the incident that destroyed Plateau the beautiful. I still crave the peace and serenity of Jos.
      My long walks from Ibrahim Taiwan to Plateau Hotel in the coolers evening wind, breeze blowing and swaying the mango trees lining the road.
      I miss you, I miss you. Plateau the beautiful. Sobs, Sobs.....

    2. Been a while sweet mother. Good to have you back.

    3. I always wanted to visit Jos, that place was a must visit for me those days... Now they went and destroyed that peaceful state I always wanted to visit. *sigh*

      Is this the Sweet Mother from way back? Welcome back😀

  17. May the souls of the victims, fire fighters (man and dog) other rescuers who lost their lives rest in perfect peace. For the perpetrators, they can burn in hell over and over again.
    May God also heal and comfort the survivors and families of the departed.

  18. I watched it on CNN. I tot it was the end of the world. I wept.

  19. Very painful. Watched it from the beginning

  20. I watched it. Man, it was sad and terrible.
    Afterwards, people came out of their houses to discuss and I remember many were amazed that Almighty America could be taken unawares like that.
    Drinks began to flow o.
    They were like America and their over sabi;
    They feel they know everything like God.
    Why didn't they see this attack, bla bla bla...
    Oh well, it's nothing compared to the three million Jews that Hitler and his crazy Nazi party murdered.
    Or the Boko Haram insurgence.


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