The danger of a Single Story_Hirut Tessema

The danger of a Single Story_Hirut Tessema

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I used to distance myself from Muslims and afraid of seeing them let alone talking and working with them based on the false assumption that ” All Muslims behead non-Muslim’s believers.” 

As mentioned above the information was about ‘Beheading….non-Muslims’.  In the area where I was born and grew up, it is not exaggeration if I say there were no Muslim believers at all. Hence, in my significantly large Christian population hometown, all kids to which I was not exceptional grew up hearing a lot of negative things about Muslims including the beheading mantra of non-believers. Some adults in our community used to disseminate the wrong information based on the wrong assumption they heard from their wrong predecessors.

Later on, as I grew up, I figured out that what I used to hear was terribly wrong single story. I first disapproved the assumption of beheading when I joined a high-school which was a little far from where I was born. There I got the opportunity to see young beautiful girls in hijab speaking my native language. Being shocked and   said to myself” Wait a minute, did these girls speak my language or my ear was hearing something else?”  Thus, I convinced myself to approach and introduce myself to them in my native language. We got to be high-school best friends. Thereafter, we used to talk on daily basis how we can be successful in our education. Sometimes we also talked about girly things. One day, all of a sudden, one of the girls, started talking about religion and they told me that all them were Muslims. By taking that advantage, I started asking them about what I used to hear with specially regarding to ”beheading non-believers.” What I heard from them fundamentally changed my perception that was distorted based on the SINGLE STORY I heard from my disinformed community members. And also, I was able to prove through time the fact that not all Muslims behead non-believers. As a matter of fact, today, I have countless Muslims who are my intimate friends.