Nahid al-Manae was stabbed to death 16 times in the UK this week. She was a Saudi national who had moved to the UK to study a course in English before pursuing a PhD in Life Sciences. Her stabbing is suspected to be a hate crime, exacerbated by the fact that she was wearing her Muslim dress, an abaya and a headscarf while walking to university.
What is scary is how much Nahid and I have in common. I too am an Arab Muslim woman who came to the UK to pursue a degree in science. I too live in a small town, and walk to university each day, and I too take a shortcut past a small lake on my way to class. As if it was not intimidating enough to be a woman studying a degree in science, I now feel that I have even more to be worried about.