Graduate students (l-r) Fadumo Abdi, Dilshad Jaff and Rebeccah Bartlett planned the intercultural lunch.
Graduate students (l-r) Fadumo Abdi, Dilshad Jaff and Rebeccah Bartlett planned the intercultural lunch.

On April 1, three graduate students from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health brought together other students, faculty and staff to honor the lives of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha.

The informal lunch offered an opportunity to remember the three Muslim students, who were killed in Chapel Hill on February 10. Barakat was a second-year graduate student at the UNC School of Dentistry, and Yusor Abu-Salha had been accepted to start studies there in the fall.

The lunch also provided a chance for members of the UNC community from assorted cultural backgrounds to meet and share a meal together.

“We organized the intercultural lunch to honor the lives of Deah, Yusor and Razan, who were murdered earlier in the year,” said Fadumo Abdi, one of the event organizers. “It was also done in the spirit of recognizing the diversity in the UNC community and the culture that binds and unites us all. We wanted to share the importance of these UNC values with everyone who was able to attend.”

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