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I’ll never forget my trip into 9/11’s bleak aftermath

Ian O'Doherty


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Police and firefighters work amid the rubble of the destroyed World Trade Centre two months after the 9/11 attacks

Police and firefighters work amid the rubble of the destroyed World Trade Centre two months after the 9/11 attacks

Police and firefighters work amid the rubble of the destroyed World Trade Centre two months after the 9/11 attacks

I’ll never forget the moment, 20 years ago today, when the world changed forever.

I was sitting at my desk in the newsroom, furiously reviewing Salman Rushdie’s latest work, when everything went quiet. Newsrooms can frequently be fairly loud and busy places. But a deathly silence, one that seemed almost louder than the usual noise you’d expect, filled the room.


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