, an academic adviser at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington , D.C. , said Friday that some of her
students are posing as Hispanics to avoid harassment.People aren't being rational right now , said Alfson , who grew up in Hillsboro , N.D. , and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 1993
.They are looking at them and judging them even though the Kuwaitis have been very supportive of the U.S..Alfson
was speaking from outside the embassy , where helicopters could be heard over her
Can you hear that?.Alfson
asked.I'm not sure how long this is going to last , but right now the Kuwaiti students in the U.S. are scared..
said the worst backlash has come in Louisiana , where some of the associates of Osama bin Laden went to school.Bin Laden is a prime suspect in the terrorist attacks.
I haven't yet heard of any bodily harm , but they have been spit on and yelled at , Alfson
said.There are some places where students can't go to school.I'm not sure when they'll be going back.Some of them want to go home..Alfson
also listed Los Angeles and parts of Oklahoma as danger zones for Kuwaitis.
Threats have been painted on the door like ‘Wish all of you would just die' and ‘We hate you , ' Alfson
said.Some of them are speaking Spanish to avoid the harassment..Alfson
was terrified about her
location when the attack on Washington unfolded Tuesday morning , even though she
didn't know who was responsible.
If it was ( from ) Saddam Hussein , I didn't want to be here , she
said.The State Department is right down the street , so if it was ( from ) bin Laden , I didn't want to be here.I'm surrounded by bad places..
went home for the day.Alfson
has been in Washington for about two years , starting out working in the office of Sen.
The day after the attack we had a meeting with cultural counselors , and we talked about the backlash , Alfson
said.We didn't know how serious it was going to be , but we've told the students to lay low if they feel threatened..Alfson
is looking for cooler heads to prevail after the weekend.
I hope that once people get over the shock and get over the anger that they will stop just reacting and think for a minute , Alfson
said.It was a terrible thing but you can't lump all the Arabs together..