#IWillProtectYou: how a little girl inspired a global campaign
In the US segment of Facebook and Twitter, the new social campaign is gaining momentum. The military - former and current - publish posts with the hashtag #IWillProtectYou (“I will protect you”). This is a message to a Muslim girl, Sophia, who, due to anti-Muslim statements of Donald Trump, began to fear that the military would come after her and her family to be evicted from her home and country.
Soldiers of the American Army launched a campaign targeting children from Muslim families. It all started with a post on Facebook by American Melissa Chance Yassini about her daughter Sophia.
“This is a sad day for America when I have to reassure my 8-year-old daughter. She heard that someone yellowish named Trump wants to expel all Muslims from America. She began packing her favorite things in a suitcase in case the military came to evict us from our home. She checked the lock on the door three or four times. This is terrorism! No child in America should experience this. ”
This post was read and terrified by veteran American Army Kerry Peak.
She wrote a message to Sophia, which accompanied her photos in military uniform and the promise of "I Will Protect You" - "I will protect you."
After that, Kerry Peak decided to launch a whole campaign and appealed to her colleagues and all military people to join the campaign. “Because of the hate-filled rhetoric from presidential candidates, Muslim children are afraid that the military will come after them. They are afraid of us! But we are the force that will come between these frightened children and the bad guys. Let's start a hashtag campaign. Post your photo in uniform with the #Iwillprotectyou hashtag so that these children know that we will never do something wrong for them. That we will protect the innocent, as we always do, and we will be faithful to our oath ”.
The campaign kicked off 10 days ago. During this time, it was joined by thousands of soldiers who post their pictures and promise to protect US citizens, regardless of their faith.
Explaining his proposal to ban adherents of Islam from entering the US, Trump said that Muslims hate America and could put the nation in jeopardy. According to him, the border should be closed until the US authorities "do not understand what is happening."
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