By: Adel A. Mozip
The Yemeni American News
This year comes to close 10 years since that horrific day, the 11th of September 2001, the day the changed the entire world and certainly changed history. 10 years later, we remember the innocent lives that were taken on that day, as well as the thousands and perhaps innocent millions who passed away in other countries as consequence to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Yemenis were also greatly effected by 9/11 by having to deal with the growing number of Alqaida militants which sparked a war on terror in the country that is still continuing until this day. As we remember the victims of 9/11 on that particular day, we certainly have to remember and commemorate the Yemeni
American hero, Abdusalam Almalahi. Malahi, 37, Yemeni American who used to work as an audio/visual engineer at the Marriott Hotel at the World Trade Center Tower, who happened to be on that tragic event. Malahi saved many lives during that day by asking them to leave the building since the intercom system was destroyed. Unfortunately, Malahi was burned and his body was never found.
Malahi was born and raised in Yemen and came to the U.S. to work as many Yemenis around the World. He was known among colleagues as being incredibly polite, and only opening up with his wife and two sons, who he was trying to get visas for so that they could join him from Yemen before the September
11th attacks. But his formality also garnered him a great deal of respect and he was well liked amongst coworkers and friends.
Donn Monroe, one of the 9/11 survivors said about Malahi,
“Abdu saved my life. Because we were told not to evacuate the hotel by management via the intercom system (before the intercom system was destroyed by the second plane crash), Abdu took it upon himself to alert the remaining guests that
they must leave. I was waiting in my room when I heard him shouting in the hallway. I opened the door, and he told me I must leave immediately. He escorted me to the stairways before continuing on to save other guests. He is constantly in my thoughts. He is my guardian angel. I love this man whom
I only met once. It is still hard for me to comprehend his sacrifice for strangers. Abdu was a very special man, indeed.”
When the towers were attacked, Malahi risked his own life to help save the lives of others. On this occasion, we pray to God that he accepts him as a martyr and we wish his family closure and patience.