4/10/2017 - Published by


Manchester Evening News: It was the morning after the Manchester Arena attack when mum Abir Albasir was walking her two children to school, still oblivious to the atrocity that had unfolded the night before.

So when she was confronted by a man yelling and swearing at her to ‘go back to your country’ she had no idea what had sparked his outburst.

Four months on from the terrible event that killed 22 people and injured many more, Abir is still visibly shaken by the ordeal.

Speaking to the M.E.N as we launch our #WeStandTogethercampaign, Abir, who is originally from Libya, recalls what happened as she strolled along with her children Maria and Anas that morning.

“You don’t forget what happened because it was so hard”, she said. “When you’re walking to come to school with the kids and somebody starts swearing at you and you don’t know what’s going on and it’s not your fault.

“I started apologising, I said ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s going on’, but I don’t know why I apologised to him. He was just swearing all the time and saying ‘we don’t want you in this country’.”

Read more and hear Abir’s story in the Manchester Evening News by clicking here.

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