'She Wanted the Best for Us'


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Journalist Fareed Zakaria mentioned goodbye to his mom, Fatma Zakaria, on-air Sunday after she died following a battle with COVID-19 earlier this month. She was 85.

During the ultimate moments of his NCS present, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Zakaria took a second to open up about one thing “very personal.”

“We are approaching three million COVID deaths worldwide, and people have often pointed out that behind these statistics are individual human beings. This week, my mother, Fatma Zakaria, became one of those statistics,” mentioned Zakaria, 57. “She died of complications related to COVID.”

“If there’s a single person most responsible for who I am today and the things I achieved in the world — large or small — it’s my mother,” he continued. “So I thought I would tell you a little bit about her.”

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Zakaria proceeded to share particulars about his mom’s upbringing, together with that she was born in Mumbai (previously generally known as Bombay) in 1936 to a big household. Fatma attended Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow, India, and later labored to coach underprivileged youngsters throughout her time as a social employee. Shortly after marrying Zakaria’s father, she discovered success after pivoting to a profession in journalism.

“For all her accomplishments, when asked what she was proudest of, she would say unhesitatingly her role as a mother. She was utterly devoted to that job,” Zakaria mentioned. “The greatest sign of her love for her children was that she encouraged all of us to go to America for college, even though she knew that it could well mean that we would end up staying here. She wanted the best for us, even at the cost of her own happiness.”

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In closing his tribute, Zakaria famous that the pandemic prevented him from with the ability to see his mom in India earlier than her loss of life.

“Thanks to the pandemic, I was not able to see my mother for the last time nor bury her, which is why I thought I might take this opportunity and say goodbye, ma,” he mentioned. “I love you.”

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Zakaria introduced his mom’s loss of life April 6 on social media April 6. “My mother, Fatma Zakaria, passed away last night — a heart attack after getting Covid-19,” he captioned an Instagram post with photographs of his mother.

“She lived a long, rich, eventful life, a pioneer as a woman in journalism, then an educator,” he continued. “She adored her children and grandchildren. The first picture is one she loved (on a trip to Egypt in 1975) and the second is with my kids in Goa two years ago. RIP.”

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