When Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels, it sent a message to the 1.6 billion Muslims all over the world: you are not welcome here. In Europe and the United States, violent attacks against Muslims have been on the rise as politicians and the media stoke fear against Islam and its followers.
The persecution of Muslim communities in the West means that entire generations of young people are growing up in constant fear because of their religious beliefs. Not only does it create a sense of alienation in a community already disaffected from the rest of society, it further stokes cultural tension during a troubled time.
But to hear how exactly Islamophobia affects young Muslims is heartbreaking. Through the Whisper app, some of them reveal what it's like to try to prove that they are not terrorists or extremists — just regular kids like their non-Muslim peers.