Fear lingers on MAX trains, years after fatal stabbings
Eqra Raza has been riding public transportation in Portland for most of her life — 11 years to be exact.
Raza, 18, is Pakistani-American and wears a hijab. She was born and raised in Southeast Portland. She began riding the bus in second grade, with her siblings and her cousin to the Muslim Educational Trust, or MET, a community organization in Tigard that houses an Islamic school. Raza is now a high school senior there.
Raza's family members have graduated, and since the start of this school year, she's been riding the bus alone.
About a week into this school year, Raza felt extra nervous riding the bus alone on Sept. 11, the anniversary of the terror attack.
"I texted my sister and was like, 'I feel really scared. I feel like I should take my scarf off because I'm by myself,'" she said.
Her sister told her to do whatever made her feel best. She ended up keeping her head-covering on.
"It's kind of sad that we live in a country where we have to hide ourselves because of our religion or who we are," she said.
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