“I always imagine in my head who I am visiting and what their lifestyle is. “The people who send the hate mail are normal people. ” on the street, decided to start engaging with the individuals on the other side of the computer screen after leaving parliament.She first became an MP in the 2007 elections but lost her seat in 2015, as SF lost nine of its 16 seats in parliament.“During the dialogue coffee, I want to learn about the other person as a human and I want them to know me as a human, because yes, I am Muslim, but I am so many other things too. “I need them to listen and to understand where this hate comes from.I am afraid of people like them and they are afraid of people like me.He doesn’t know you.’ The police found him after that.He only threatened me on the phone.” In spite of this experience, Cekic insists the overwhelming majority of meetings go smoothly and the people who send her hate mail are not who you might think they are. They have children.” The campaigner, who receives hateful messages from trolls every week and has been subject to chants such as “go home!According to the former politician, people would brand her a terrorist and ask what she was doing in parliament.
It was during her time in parliament that Cekic started receiving hate mail.We have to meet each other to know that we shouldn’t be afraid of each other.“My advice for all the people I meet is, ‘please talk to each other, don’t just talk about each other’.” Cekic admits bridge-building is by no means a fast or simple process and instead takes a great deal of time, effort and patience.“I try to find a common language, to try to understand why we hate each other when we don’t know each other.” But while Cecik has become a seasoned pro at coming face to face with people with extreme views, she still feels nervous before her visits.“I was so scared before my first meeting,” she says. But Jacob said to me: ‘If you are afraid, then they will be afraid.
I was at the zoo with my children and the phone rang 20, 30, 40 times and I thought he was there,” she said. He always called with a secret number and would say ‘you have to get out of my country’.