RE: Canadian released from Saudi jail, published Nov. 1
I would like to personally thank you on behalf of the Muslim youth of Vancouver on reporting the story of Usama Al-Atar, the 33-year-old researcher who was jailed in Saudi Arabia during his recent trip for being a Shia Muslim.
I have known Al-Atar for about 15 years now. He is a mentor, teacher, friend and like a brother to me. I thank God for his safe release and once again and I thank Metro and those who made this story possible for people to read and be aware of the injustice that not only Usama Al-Atar faced, but what many other Shia Hajj pilgrims face every year.
Mohammed Rashid, Vancouver
I wanted to thank you for publishing the article about Usama Al-Atar. I appreciate your efforts to publish news about Canadians who are faced with difficulties even in other countries, which truly demonstrates your fidelity towards delivering the right news, regardless of whatever background or religion they have.