Eighteen years have passed since the occurrence of the tragic 9/11 event. Families of the deceased assembled at the place where nearly 3,000 individuals died on one morning of September in 2001. The area was filled with grief as families mourned their dead and recited over and over their names. Ghana and other countries in the world remember the September 11 attack due to its direct and indirect effect which is still felt till date.
The 9/11 attack took away the lives of so many people. This unfortunate event is dear to Ghana because it took away the lives of four of its citizens. The 9/11 attacks are among the most devastating global events.
On the 11th of September in 2001, nearly 3,000 individuals, inclusive of four Ghanaians, passed away due to attacks by terrorists. The terrorist attacks were conducted by 19 militants who were linked to the Islamic terrorist group known as al Qaeda. Al Qaeda managed to hijack and crash four airplanes into several United States targets. Two planes were flown in New York City into the World Trade Center at the Twin Towers. The third plane hit Washington, D.C. at the Pentagon while the last plane disintegrated in a field located in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Following the attacks, at least 2,763 individuals, comprising of people from seventy eight countries, including Ghana, were reported dead. Around 6,000 people were also said to have sustained injuries following these attacks. The four Ghanaians who passed away during the terrorist attacks in September 2001 were Victor Kwarkye, Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah, Sophia B. Addo, and Japhet Jesse Aryee. Two of these Ghanaians who died had dual citizenship.
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Victor Kwarkye was born on the 28th of September in 1965. Victor Kwarkye was a Windows employee at the World restaurant located on the WTC’s North Towers. He died aged 35, and sadly, just 17 days before he could turn 36.
Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah
Emmanuel Akwasi Afuakwah was born in Ghana on the 15th of December in 1963. Akwasi was one of the employees of Windows at the World restaurant which was situated on the North Tower top floor of the former WTC complex in Lower Manhattan. He was 37 years old at the time of his death.
Japhet Jesse Aryee
Japhet Jesse Aryee was another Ghanaian who perished on this fateful day. He was born on 1st of May in 1952, in Ghana. Japhet Jesse was employed in the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. During the time of the attacks, Jesse was working in the south tower of the World Trade Center. Aryee was an Adelphi University alumni, with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also held a master's in business administration. Jesse was 49 years old when he died. He left behind his wife Maria Engram, who is a nurse, and four children.
Sophia B. Addo
Sophia B. Addo was born in Kukurantumi, Ghana on 18th of February in 1965. Sophia Addo relocated to the U.S in 1996 after she won a Diversity Visa lottery. Addo was in a union with her spouse, Joseph Ameyaw that was 15 months old. Addo was working as a housekeeper in Windows of the World on the World Restaurant. Ms Addo passed away when she was 36 years old.
In memory of the 9/11 harrowing attack, various commemorations have been held to honour those who passed away on this day. Among the people who died on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001, were four Ghana citizens. We should not forget their names.
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