‘No-one sits next to me anymore’: Australian Muslim women on how their lives have changed

Muslim Australians have reported an increase in discrimination and abuse in the wake of counter-terrorism raids in major Australian cities and the raising of the national terror alert to “high”…

Manaya Chaouk, 27, social worker and mother, Guildford

“What happened to freedom of expression? Freedom of religion? We’re already a target. Now the Prime Minister is helping the bigots and bogans take their anger out on us. He’s trying to instil fear in people. People look [at] me the wrong way. They say silly things. I’ve heard a lot of stories and seen a lot of stories. For any woman to be attacked, that’s not right. There’s still a lot of racism. Now the bigots have come out of hiding. I’m afraid now, I’m looking over my shoulder whenever I leave my local area. That’s wrong. I shouldn’t feel like that. No-one should feel like that.”

Randa Jada, 32, accountant and mother, Granville

“I was born here. Now that all this is happening, I’ve been getting a lot of dirty looks. I find it very concerning. They’re ignorant. What’s their reason to hate us? No-one sits next to me anymore, people move their kids away from my kids, people don’t communicate as much. It’s sad”…

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