News article: Veterans, servicemembers promise to defend Muslim Americans

12/21/2015

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America.

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would be removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America.

After hearing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggest that all Muslims should be banned from the U.S., Sophia grew fearful.

"She had began collecting all her favorite things in a bag in case the army came to remove us from our homes," Melissa Yassini, Sophia's mother, put on the Facebook post. "She checked the locks on the door 3-4 times."

ABC News reported that post was shared over 20,000 times, making it a viral sensation. Servicemembers, both active duty and veteran, began responding to the post to let Sophia know that they would protect her. Many replied with photos of themselves in their military uniforms, and they began to use the hashtag #iwillprotectyou, as reported by the news source. 

Sophia's mother says that once the responses started coming in, she shared them with her daughter, and the little girl seems more at peace. Pix 11 News reported that the movement has even inspired a Facebook page called "I Will Protect You," where servicemembers can share their sentiments with other Muslim Americans.

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