The Viral Video Of A Woman Berating Muslim Sisters Led To An Astonishing Reunion

"Even despite words being said that cannot be taken back, forgiveness and understanding can still be achieved."

It all started with a disturbing scene outside a Walmart in North Dakota.

Amber Hensley of Mapleton, North Dakota had lost her temper when a pair of Muslim women, Leyla Hassan and Sarah Hassan, reportedly parked their car too close to her in front of a Walmart. When she exited her vehicle, as a video filmed by the two women shows, she blasted them with a barrage of insults. A second video appears to show her threatening the women with physical injury.


The Hassans, sisters who came to the United States as refugees in 2015, posted the videos they took on Facebook. Subsequently, several local news stations picked up the story and began reaching out to all three women. Their differing accounts of what happened caused a bit of controversy. As reported by Pioneer Press, Hensley alleged that the two women insulted her as well in a since-deleted Facebook post. Shortly after the local news picked the story up, Hensley lost her job, and, in subsequent radio interviews, she admitted that she had regretted her words.

But in the midst of the media circus, the three women agreed to meet. The discussion was orchestrated by Fargo Police Chief David Todd. According to Todd, during their meeting, the three women were able to reconcile and put aside at least some of their differences.

"I want to put before you an example of what can be accomplished even though mistakes were made and unfortunate words were said," Todd said in a Facebook post. "With an openness to reconciliation, these women have come together and talked through this incident and expressed their sincere regrets, apologies and most importantly - forgiveness to each other."

While the video was one of the thousands online that highlight racism or xenophobia, the ending to this story was quite a bit different than usual. It's a nice reminder that even in the worst situations, people can come together and find some common ground. 


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