“We walked quickly and quietly to our building, hoping that we were not at the next target site,” she said in a blog post she shared with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I sat in front of my laptop for the next five hours, watching the horror unfold.”
She urged people not to conflate Islamic State extremists with people of the Muslim faith.
“I, along with many other American Muslims, will always stand on the same moral ground as any American,” she wrote. “Let us stand united in solidarity against those who challenge our sense of freedom and safety.”
Atlanta events planner and writer Lisa Rayner drew parallels to the Sept. 11 attacks.
“I was living in New York in September 2001. I witnessed the city that never sleeps become a ghost town as we made our way back to some sense of normalcy,” she said. “Paris, my adopted hometown, will learn to do the same.”
Ann Huff, who with her business partner Meg Harrington makes frequent visits to Paris to stock their boutique Huff Harrington Home and art gallery Huff Harrington Fine Art, had just wrapped up another visit when terrorists struck. Huff penned some thoughts on her flight home Saturday, aimed at the attackers, and shared them with the AJC.
“I will go back to Paris! You have not kept me away,” she wrote. “I will walk the boulevards, take the metro, shop the stores, visit the museums, eat in the restaurants and marvel at the beautiful views on every street corner and bridge, just as I did this past week and always will.”