#709 | Friday, February 1st 2002
I was awoken by my dad at work who said look at the television-i remember asking what channel-he gave a quick laugh-and said it will be on every channel.
At first i thought the world's economy had collapsed, then i got the impression a crazed gunman had started shooting in Manhattan.
I was mortified as i saw the images of planes plowing into the WTC.
I am Australian, but i am with you-in th ewords of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt respectively-
"We shall never surrender"
"We will never give up, or give in"

They have sown the wind now they must reap the whirlwind-my heart is with my American brothers-in-arms...AMEN

Ryan Oxley | 17 | Australia

#622 | Wednesday, January 9th 2002
Living in Australia, it was already about 10pm when the planes hit. I had gone to bed early and so knew nothing until I woke up on September 12...my 18th birthday. I stayed home from classes and watched the tv all day. The actual immensity of the event only sunk in as the day went past. Needless to say it was not a great day to be celebrating a birthday.

The thing that most affected me was that this was and is not just an American tragedy. I have heard so many stories about Australians who had friends and family working in the towers. My sister teaches eleven year old children and told me about how much they cried when they heard the news. Flowers and memorials were set up outside important buildings in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and outside the American embassy in Canberra.

To all Americans...Australia does share your pain. Australians did cry with you, just as people of different nationalities all over the world did. September 11 was targeted at one city, but it undoubtedly affected the entire world.

Rachel | 18 | Australia

#599 | Wednesday, January 2nd 2002
I was doing a rather mundane task on Sept the 11th, something that I never thought that I would be able to recall 4 months later. I was studying my management text book, because exams were looming. My parents yelled for me to come into the kitchen and then i saw it, a plane hitting the wtc. From that moment on, I was glued to the television, calling and sms'ing everyone that I knew to alert them to what happened.

It was simply unbelievable. "Things like that just don't happen in my world" i thought to myself. I was in NYC in January 2001, and saw the many wonders that the city has to offer. I will return to New York in late August 2002 on a University Exchange, but I know that I will go with a heavy heart, knowing that New York and my world has been changed.

I fell asleep at around 3am (I live in Australia so it was coming towards the end of the day when America was beginning theirs) watching the news. It is a night that I will never forget. I think a day that no one will forget. I guess all I can say now is that the world makes me sad, but seeing people so together, connecting with one another, i'm reminded that every cloud has a silver lining, sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

God Bless Us All.

Trish P | 18 | Australia

#589 | Sunday, December 30th 2001
I am Australian, but on September 11 2001 I was in Italy as an exchange student. I remember I had arrived home from school and eaten lunch, and begun to watch a film on the television. Halfway through the film it was interrupted by a news broadcast with the image of the twin towers in flames. They told us that two planes had crashed into them. My first thought was, "How can two planes crash so close together at the same time?" I wondered if there had been an air display over New York and the planes had clipped each other and lost control. But this made little sense and I realised that it hadn't been an accident at all.
My inital reaction was excitement. This was something big that had never before been equalled, and I was watching it live. My host brother was supposed to be studying because he had exams but he came downstairs and watched the TV with the rest of us for about three hours. "These people want a WAR," he kept saying. In retrospect, I feel very sorry for that incredible number of people who died and for those who lost family members, and I realise how much is wrong in the world when hate can grow to such extents and when people can become so irrational as to kill in the name of religion, and I worry about the insensitivity of America that it didn't see something like this coming. On September 11, I was only excited by the thought, "What will happen next?"

Claire | 18 | Australia

#551 | Thursday, December 20th 2001
I live in Australia, so while the events happened in the early morning in America, it was the late evening here. When it all started, I was at home, sitting at my computer, online as usual, chatting on IRC, reading email and webcomics, generally nothing exciting. A couple of people mentioned the event on IRC, but I didn't think much of it, assuming it just to be a minor accident or similar. It was about 11pm here when someone actually phoned me to turn on the news and have a look, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I was glued to the TV for the next few hours as events unfolded, discussing it in chat rooms and forums, trying to wrap my mind around it. The whole time, it felt like something out of an action movie, not something that would actually happen in real life.
I watched live as the second plane collided, and then as the towers both collapsed, shocked all the while. That a human being could plan such events sickened me. By about 3am here, things had settled a little, and I headed off for sleep, since that day was the first of a new course I was doing.
I sat in my home on the east coast of Australia and watched events live, talking about them in realtime with people across the world.

Glen Cotterill | 21 | Australia

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