Pakistani immigrant in Boston feared backlash that never came

  • by: Lisa Wangsness , Boston Globe
  • Updated: April 20, 2014 - 9:26 PM

BOSTON – Sept. 11, 2001, ruptured 13-year-old Hamza Syed’s world. Being Muslim instantly became the only part of his identity that seemed to matter; kids at his school in Lynn besieged him with questions he could not answer. He had immigrated to the United States from Pakistan at age 3, but he no longer felt allowed to call himself American.

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