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Cape Town Diary: September 14, 2001. By Clair Cuno, Bates College í03

Story posted September 14, 2001

Cape Town Diary: September 14, 2001.

Here we are on the other side of the world, thousands of miles away from New York and Washington D.C, thousands of miles away from our families. We have been sitting in the CBB center, helpless and alone, watching CNN.

We have been mesmerized by planes crashing into buildings, desperate for leadership, but wary of President Bush's statement that these acts of terrorism are acts of war, trying to feel connected.

We are Americans abroad, not certain what we should do, how we should act. Feelings of patriotism are shrouded in fear. Should we go out? What is safe for us to do? Should we pretend we are Canadians? We have been told to be careful, to use this act of horror as an opportunity to spend more time with our host families. But these cautions don't quell the acute sense of terror and deep sadness I feel.

Talking to other Americans who are trying to register the attacks, there are those who just want to go home, who just want to be surrounded by the comfort of their families. Others are cementing their nationalism, wearing American flags, trying not to be paralyzed by this event.

We are Americans far from home trying to deal with a direct attack on our nation and our national identity. The question that is on all of our minds now is what will happen when the United States retaliates?

Claire Cuno, Bates College í03

Anyone interested in learning more about CAP can email the Director, Graham Falken, at cap@iafrica.com or check out CAPís website.

Additional information on the Cape Town program is at CBB Cape Town
Other Cape Town Diaries:
Cape Town Diary: July 3. By Julie McGee
Cape Town Diary: July 14. By Julie McGee
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Kristen M. Heim
Cape Town Diary: July 27. By Rachel Meiklejohn
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Paul Min
Cape Town Diary: August 6. By Heather Finn.
Cape Town Diary: August 10. By Chris Reigeluth.
Cape Town Diary: August 13. By Kathryn Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 15. By Philip Drake.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Dana Kramer.
Cape Town Diary: August 20. By Noah Lambie.
Cape Town Diary: August 24. By Brendan Ferriter.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Katie Spirer.
Cape Town Diary: August 27. By Laura Bilodeau.
Cape Town Diary: August 31. By Kristen Heim.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 1. By Anonymous.
Cape Town Diary: Sept. 4. By Julie McGee.

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