The boy who handcuffed and jailed for displaying his home-made digitial clock deemed to have been mistaken a bomb by a class teacher in IOrving Texas will move to Qatar, which has offered him scholarship for his further studies.
Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old Muslim boy whose arrest has sparked allegations of Islamophobia in the US, has finally accepted a scholarship from the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and his entire family will move there.
The move has nullified the entire effort of the US to mitigate the injustice done to the boy. US President Barack Obama invited him to the White House on Monday where the Google science fair prize winners were felicitated. The boy received immense support from celebrities ranging from scientists, politicians and celebrities including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Thanking the supporters in the US, Ahmed’s family said in a statement:"Our family has been overwhelmed by the many offers of support we have received since the unfortunate incident of Ahmed’s arrest. From the White House to Sudan, to Mecca, we have been welcomed by a variety of individuals, businesses and educational institutions."
In his response, Ahmed, who withdrew from his Texas school after the clock incident, said, "Qatar was a cool place to visit. I loved the city of Doha because it’s so modern. I saw so many amazing schools there, many of them campuses of famous American universities. The teachers were great. I think I will learn a lot and have fun too."
While the trending hashtag #StandWithAhmed evoked one of the rare supports ever seen for a Muslim immigrant in the US, the exit of the family to Qatar may bring in the stark reality of hatred spreading in the US to non-White immigrants. A nation that has emerged out of immigrants just four centuries ago, may have to change the mindset of its lawmakers and police first to effect a more tolerant and educated treatment of new immigrants.