Wednesday 1 November 2017

'I spent a week living as a Muslim in Greater Manchester - and it opened my eyes to Islamophobia'

“Are you going to blow us up?” yelled one neighbour as Katie Freeman strolled through her town while wearing a hijab.
She donned the traditional clothing as part of a social experiment for the documentary “My Week as a Muslim”.
Katie, 43, is a healthcare assistant who said she had prejudices that led her to fear Muslims. As part of the Channel Four programme she lived for a week with Saima Alvi a Muslim teacher and mother-of-five from Altrincham.
As well as changing her clothes Katie is given a makeover to darken her skin - the use of ‘brownface’ has been criticised.
But taking part in the programme challenged Katie’s views and opened her eyes to Islamophobia.

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