Aicha el-Wafi

Aïcha el-Wafi’s son, Zacarias Moussaoui, is the so-called “20th hijacker” and the only man thus far to be directly charged in relation to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2006, Moussaoui received a life sentence for his role in the terrorist activities.

After 9/11, el-Wafi approached Phyllis Rodriguez, who lost her son in the terrorist attack and had begun to speak out against the politics of revenge under the credo, “Not in my son’s name.” El-Wafi and Rodriguez formed a strong bond and began to work with the Forgiveness Project, among other organizations.

On October 3, 2007, el-Wafi and Rodriguez jointly received the Die Quadriga Award as “role models for reconciliation.” The award is presented every year on the anniversary of German re-unification to political, economic, and cultural personalities who show vision, courage, and responsibility.

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