I can’t believe how I had missed reading this true story. 2 (two) years have passed and such issue would no longer be of importance to some, but it has truly touched my heart! What had caught my attention was the headline. Before even reading the first line of this intriguing life story, I had to ask myself these questions: What had happen to their friendship? Would such events like 9/11 lead to the lost of one of many or would ones bonds grow stronger?
To find out, read the personal story below written by an Australian teenager.
My Story: Emails to Understanding
|by Zoe Bellamy|
I desperately wanted a pen friend. I was 13, had just started high school, and craved for someone to talk to. So I logged onto all of the pen friend websites I could find on the Internet, scanning them for any girls of my age from different countries.
I wasn’t fussy. I wrote to a Swede, an Italian, an American, a Finn, an Arab and an Egyptian, informing them about my hobbies, my family and Australia. Only one girl replied: the Egyptian. When I opened my e-mail inbox and saw the reply, I was excited, to say the least. I had a thirst for knowledge about religion and culture, but most of all for that bond between two people called friendship. Her name was Noran Hussein. She lived in an apartment in the centre of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, and her parents were doctors. She wrote that she would love to be my pen friend, but had one question: was I a male or female? Her mother would allow her to write only to a female.
We started off by telling each other about the basics of our lives. Right from the start I could tell that we shared similar traits – like our stubbornness and moodiness! Gradually we worked up to discussing issues and problems concerning the world. I asked her about her religion, Islam, and soon learned about Ramadan and her other festivals and customs. Eventually we started corresponding by snail mail too, swapping photos and small presents. It was truly amazing – on the World Wide Web, out of millions of people, I had found a best friend.