Millions of Americans who tuned in to President Barack Obama’s final speech to the nation Tuesday evening were sad to see him leave office.
But 9-year-old Adinda Rania, who was born halfway across the world in Indonesia, where Obama spent part of his childhood, was especially concerned about what Donald Trump’s victory means for Muslim families in the U.S.
The President-elect had campaigned against immigration and he promised to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, later calling his stance “extreme vetting,” according to Coconuts Jakarta.
Adinda’s mother, Eva Mazrieva, an Indonesian journalist living in the U.S. and working for Voice of America in Washington, D.C., also shared her concerns about Trump’s campaign in a Facebook post and how his administration could affect the country.
Following Trump’s win in November, Adinda wrote a four-page letter to President Obama, which included pictures of her school and siblings, as well as heart wrenching questions, such as “Is it still safe for us to be here?”
Much to her surprise, Adinda received a reply from the president himself on January 6.
In the letter, Obama wrote:
“Our country is home to people of every background and belief. But while we might look different or come from different families, as Americans, we are united in our belief that all of us deserve the same rights and the same opportunities. We share a lasting responsibility to show each other kindness and respect, and to treat each other the way we want to be treated.”
He went on:
“The more we practice those values in our neighborhoods and reflect them in our laws, the better off we will all be. By working together, I know we can make sure America is a place where each of us, no matter where we come from or what we look like, is free to live and love as we see fit.”
The response has gone viral on Facebook, receiving more than 450 likes and 100 comments.
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