A Muslim surgeon who had reportedly spent 48-hours helping the survivors of the Manchester bombing has revealed that he was subjected to racial abuse while on way back to the hospital for his third shift, the Mirror reported. 37-year old Naveen Yasin is a NHS worker who lives in West Yorkshire. Mr. Yasin, who is of Pakistani origin, was stopped by a white middle-aged man driving a van, who then proceeded on to hurl racial abuses at him.
Naveed Yasin was driving to the Salford Royal Hospital for his third shift since the horrific Manchester bombing last Monday. He had already spend two full days helping the victims of the attack who were injured by the blast of a nail-bomb (consisting of nails, bolts and screws). On his way to the hospital, a white man driving a van pulled up beside him and starting racially abusing him.
The driver first blew the horn of his van to catch Naveed’s attention. He then reportedly shouted “You brown, Paki bastard” at Mr. Yasin, before adding, “Go back to your own country, you terrorist. We don’t want you people here. F*** off!”
Mr. Yasin says that he was shocked. According to the Mirror, Naveed spoke with the Sunday Times regarding the incident saying that he knew Mancunians to be better than this.
“I can’t take away the hatred he had for me because of my skin color and the prejudices he had associated with this. Manchester is better than this. We Mancunians will rebuild, we will rebuild the fallen buildings, the broken lives and the social cohesion we once had.”
Naveed Yasin, who is a trauma and orthopedic surgeon, lives with his wife and two daughters in Manchester. His great-grandfather moved to Yorkshire from Pakistan during the 1960s and Naveed was born and raised in Keighley. According to Naveed, the experience of working on the victims of the Manchester suicide bombing has been “extremely profound and traumatizing” for him and his colleagues. And regarding the racial abuse he had to face during this trying time, he had the following to say.
“Terror attacks don’t discriminate against race or religion but this (the racial abuse) didn’t discriminate either.”
The man responsible for the suicide bombing on Manchester Arena on Monday, which left 22 people dead, has already been identified as being one Salman Abedi. The attack, which took place at approximately 10:40 pm local time Monday night, took the lives of 22 people and left over 50 injured. American singer Ariana Grande had just finished her performance at the Manchester Arena when the attack happened. The 23-year old blamed herself for the attack and posted a heartfelt message on Twitter, apologizing for the horrific attack.
“Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Many fans and celebrities responded to Grande’s tweet, assuring her that she was not to blame for the horrific incident. Grande was reported to be in hysterics following the attack, blaming herself for the deaths of those young people that had come to see her show.
The terrorist responsible for the attack, Salman Abedi was born in Manchester in 1994, and was raised in a close-knit Libyan community. The 22-year old was known to have proven links with ISIS by British security services. Salman’s brother is among those that are currently being held. According to reports, Abedi had returned from a trip to Libya just days before the suicide bombing. One of his friends stated the following.
“He went to Libya three weeks ago and came back recently, like days ago.”
Salman is thought to have been a student at Salford University. The University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Sam Grogan, had also issued a statement following the suicide bombing.
“All at the University of Salford are shocked and saddened by the events of last night. Our thoughts are with all those involved, their families and their friends.”
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