A Tribute to Raihan Dakhil
The losses of Raihan, Yousef, and Omar were not in vain. The community that she was a part of — the community that I am proud to say raised me — has drawn upon a well of strength I did not know that it possessed. The young women in our community — the ones I am proud to say I grew up with — sprung to Raihan’s bedside with medical expertise and a compassionate presence. Our household can finally say “I love you” effortlessly with Raihan’s help carrying the words from person to person, cracking a code that had remained unlocked my entire life. We now move on with a renewed sense of purpose and a duty to do justice to the warmth that Raihan, Yousef, and Omar emanated. We live with a tearful reminder that every moment is a precious gift, and every interaction is one that should be cherished.