Islamic militants wielding machetes attacked authors Rafida Bonya Ahmed and Avijit Roy in February 2015 as they left a book fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The attack killed Roy, Ahmed’s husband, and left Ahmed with wounds to her head and hands. She says Roy was targeted for his writings, including a book that opposed violence carried out in the name of religion.
“There are people with so many different kinds of faith, and there are people without faith,” says Ahmed, who — like her late husband — is Bangladeshi American. “Teaching the next generation to have that awareness and the respect for each other is very, very important.”