On the morning of the 11th September 2001, nineteen affiliates of the terroristic and fundamentalist Islamic organization of al-Qāʿida hijacked four commercial flights. The terrorists intentionally hijacked two planes against the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York, causing shortly after the collapse of both skyscrapers, that also resulted in causing serious damages to the nearest buildings. The third flight was hijacked against the Pentagon, while the fourth plane, directed against the Capitol or the White House in Washington, crashed in a field near Shanksville, in Somerset County (Pennsylvania).
There were about three thousand victims. In the attack to the twin towers, 2,752 people died, including 343 firemen and 60 policemen. Most of the victims were civilians; Seventy different nationalities were involved.
The attacks had major worldwide consequences: the United States declared “war to the terrorism” by attacking the Afghanistan that was controlled by the Taliban, who were accused of voluntarily hosting terrorists. The US parliament approved the US PATRIOT Act while other states reinforced their anti-terrorist legislation by increasing police powers. The stock market closed for almost a week, and recorded huge losses after reopening, with the major ones recorded by the airlines and insurance companies.
Now two large tanks with engraved the names of the victims took the place of the twin towers and in the same area there is the 9/11 Memorial, a skyscraper that hosts the museum dedicated to that day. Mapu obviously visited it and advises everyone to go because it is very touching.
In the first part of the museum you can see towers’ fragments and the last standing column where the victims’ family and friends engraved their prayers. In the second part it is recreated the day of the 9/11 minute by minute and also the ones after the disaster. What particularly struck Mapu was not the museum, but meeting at the metro stop next to the towers, a man who was there that day, and listen to him telling about the fear he had when he saw a cloud rise. That moment was really frightful.
Susa & Mapu