Forleden brakte vi nyheten om bildet som splittet britene. En ung muslimsk kvinne i hijab ble avbildet idet hun passerer et av terrorofrene i London.
Bildet spredde seg raskt på sosiale medier. Mange kunne ikke lese ansiktsutrykket hennes og mange greide ikke å se noe annet enn at hun hadde på seg hijab. Noen trakk raske konklusjoner om at hun sannsynligvis ikke brydde seg stort fordi hun var muslim. Det sier ganske mye om hvor dypt splittelsen i folket stikker og hvor stor skepsisen er blitt.
Hun som ble avbildet hadde nettopp forsøkt å hjelpe terrorofre og var i ferd med å kontakte sin egen familie for å si at hun var i god behold.
‘I’m shocked and totally dismayed at how a picture of me is being circulated on social media.
‘To those individuals who have interpreted and commented on what my thoughts were in that horrific and distressful moment, I would like to say not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.
‘My thoughts at that moment were one of sadness, fear, and concern.
‘What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help, even though enough people were at the scene tending to the victims.
‘I then decided to call my family to say that I was fine and was making my way home from work, assisting a lady along the way by helping her get to Waterloo station.
‘My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families. I would like to thank Jamie Lorriman, the photographer who took the picture, for speaking to the media in my defence’.
Fotografen som tok bildet kommenterte:
‘I saw dozens of people walk past and the woman on the phone had just come from the part of the bridge where most of the victims were struck.
‘That is why she clearly looks mortified and it is obvious that she is in shock. The woman would have seen people under buses – she had just walked past the worst of it.
‘She wasn’t the only one walking past injured people and it looked like she just wanted to get off the bridge as quickly as possible.
‘I took three photographs where you can see the woman and I think she looks distressed in all of them.’