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9/11: A Year After / WHO WE ARE NOW

Yambem Laba

The Indian human-rights activist, 45, has a brother who died at the trade center.

September 11, 2002

"Jupiter started at Windows on the World in 1995. He loved being up so high. When I visited New York in 1991, he took me up top to the observation deck and he said, 'Look! We're so far up you can see the airplanes flying below us.' Jupiter told me, 'The next highest place is probably the moon.'

I was watching TV and I saw the entire thing. I thought it was a Hollywood blockbuster until I noticed the words, 'Breaking News.' I thought, 'Oh, my God, that's where my brother is.' I kept calling his cell phone. It rang for two days. No one answered. I kept trying, thinking he was trapped somewhere. But it rang and rang and rang."

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As told to Paul Watson

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