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Aicha el-Wafi + Phyllis Rodriguez:
The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship

TEDWomen 2010 · 9:54 · Filmed Dec 2010

Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.

9/11 mothers
Aicha el-Wafi and Phyllis Rodriguez met around a shared tragedy — and their friendship has become a powerful symbol for forgiveness and dialogue. Full bio