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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – Waheeda Saif, along with a group of other muslim women from the Boston area, dressed in black, gathered outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, to carry out a silent vigil, mourning the loss of all lives everywhere, due to senseless violence and hatred. “We mourn today to the loss of humanity, and that enough is enough, and specially to the whole anti-refugee sentiment that has in rising, specially in the last few days since the paris attacks. We just want to send the message that we are all human beings, and refugees don’t equal to terrorists, we mourn to loss of lives equally, from Beirut, to Burma, to Afghanistan, to Kabul to Yemen, to paris, and to anywhere else in the world, for the people who suffered daily due to this violence and attacks,” said, Edina Škaljić, the co-organizer of the event (not in the picture). Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – A group of muslim women from the Boston area, dressed in black, gathered outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, to carry out a silent vigil, named, ‘MUSLIM WOMEN IN BLACK: ….NOT in our name’. Elaborating upon the theme and the idea of event, Edina Škaljić, the co-organizer of the event (fourth from left), said, “We are a group of Muslim women here in the Boston area, active community members who are just sick and tired with the loss of humanity. Anything from violence, to extremism or terrorism and anything else in between, we are just sick with it, and we see that every day more and more of humanity deteriorates. So we decided to do something, inspired by the ‘women in black’ movement, which is worldwide, specially the group that is doing work in Serbia, which has done an amazing job for some decades now. So, we wanted to use dressing up in black as a visual statement of our mourning.” Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – Malika MacDonald, a Muslim woman was photographed, while carrying out a silent vigil, outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, on Wednesday evening, along with other muslim women from the Boston area. “The sign that I am wearing over my mouth reads – ‘but you don’t hear me though’. Often the voice of muslim women is silenced around the world. so I just wanted to call attention to that with this, and show that we have voices too and we have hearts too. I am here as a mother, as a grandmother, and I am worried for the world I am worried for humanity and what we are leaving for our children. What are we showing the younger generation. I am tired of hearing about the violence that is happening around the world, and hatred that is happening everywhere, including in America, and I think that we need to pray for humanity as a whole, and the only way that we can combat any of this is by coming together”, said Malika. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – Edina Škaljić, the co-organizer of a recent silent vigil, carried outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square by a group of muslim women, on Wednesday evening, is photographed while handing out a rose to a passerby woman, names Kathy Cibotti. Touched with the feelings and messages of humanity expressed by these muslim women, Kathy Cibboti said, ” I think most people are so good, and it takes a few bad people to ruin it for everybody. I feel bad for these women, as sometimes they just get lumped in with everything else that is going on, and it is so unfair. It just breaks my heart. But on the flip side, here they come, as say, so what can we do to make it better…”. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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November 15, 2015, BOSTON – Naema Nayyar, a Muslim woman was photographed, holding a globe in her hand and a poster that showcased the message of being ‘human’, while carrying out a silent vigil, outside the Boston Public Library at Copley Square, on Wednesday evening, along with other muslim women from the Boston area. Expressing the message that she wanted to give out to people, she said, “break down the barriers and see ourselves as what we are – human”. Photograph by Shraddha Gupta.

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