Armed Forces Members, Veterans Use #iwillprotectyou After Muslim Child Says She’s Afraid

Shame on Donald Trump for scaring this little girl!

Hooray for these members of the U.S. military for protecting her!

Armed Forces Members, Veterans Use #iwillprotectyou After Muslim Child Says She’s Afraid

December 20, 2015


Veterans and current service members are using social media to reassure Muslim Americans that they will fight for their rights as citizens.

On Facebook and Twitter, military service members and veterans have started using the hashtag #iwillprotectyou after one mother’s post went viral about her daughter’s fear of being kicked out of the country.

Melissa Chance Yassini posted about her daughter’s reaction to hearing proposals by Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country.

“She had began collecting all her favorite things in a bag in case the army came to remove us from our homes,” Yassini wrote on Facebook about her daughter Sofia. “She checked the locks on the door 3-4 times. This is terrorism. No child in America deserves to feel that way.”

Yassini’s post went viral and was shared more than 20,000 times. Eventually she and her daughter told their story to The Associated Press. Kerri Peek, an Army veteran saw the story on social media and was horrified.

“I was up all night, it bothered me,” Peek told ABC News. “I’m a mom, for mother to mother … I know you want to protect your children from everything.”

Peek said she was especially upset that Sofia was worried about soldiers coming to take her away.

“What’s a way [for her] to know that soldiers are not going to come to her door,” Peek told ABC News, who eventually sent her a picture of herself in her Army uniform.

Included with the photo was a message, she said: “Here’s a picture of me as a mom and soldier and I’ll come to protect you.”

But Peek didn’t stop there, she asked her friends to continue to send Sofia messages of support. She started a hashtag, #iwillprotectyou, last Wednesday and implored other military service members and veterans on social media to pledge to protect Muslim children like Sofia from being discriminated against.

“Post a picture of you in uniform with the hashtag ‘#WillProtectYou’ to let these children know that we will not hurt them. That they are safe here in America,” she wrote on Facebook.

I need your help my friends. Will you help me please?? I am asking all my friends in the Armed Forces, Active or…
Posted by Kerri Peek on Thursday, December 17, 2015

Peek said she has now received hundreds of messages from people who shared their fears over discrimination or who pledged to support others’ freedom of religion.

The hashtag has quickly gone viral with veterans and service members posting pictures of themselves on social media offering words of support and comfort to Sofia and other children who are Muslim.

Sofia, u r the reason I serve. I don’t ask what religion ppl r b4 I help them: I just do. #iwillprotectyou
— Elizabeth April (@Cinders09051984) December 19, 2015

Peek said she has even heard from Yassini about Sofia’s reaction to the new viral hashtag.

“She said she’s been reading the posts to her daughter and her daughter feels so much better knowing that she’s a part of America,” Peek said.

Peek says she has now set up a Facebook page for people to voice their support and hopes the group will continue to grow.

Sofia, #Iwillprotectyou, too, with voice, pen, name, sweat, and blood. I meant my oath when commissioned. I mean it now. USAR ’90-’01.
— Graham R. Scott (@graythebruce) December 19, 2015

Sophia, still serving and #IWillProtectYou
— katie lewis (@laylamedic) December 20, 2015

December 23, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Military, Religion.


  1. millermatters replied:

    And my child 7 years old born in Russia (Russian / Aistralian parents) and is afraid.

    Will anyone take up that protest?

    Ask why she is afraid and give her support?

    All done through US Foreign Policy – NATO – Merkel – Obama.

    Anyone question why refugees are seeking to escape middle eastern countries?

    Anyone ever question why illegal sanctions applied to Russia?

    Anyone ever question why NATO bases expanded beyond what was agreed too after perestroika?

    Why NATO has to conduct exercises 50 miles from Russian borders?

    Why Germany has so many nuclear weapons pointed to Russia?

    Regret that I have no faith in human nature – otherwise the American people should have asked a lot of questions a long time ago.

    And now everyone wants to support a young girl over a political comment and yet your President Carter took a stance on Iranians.

    Did not see much sympathy from American public then – only now – over a young girls comments….yet how easily you ignore the past – then repeat the same mistakes.

    Our children, my wife and I have to move from our home on St Petersburg Russia because we do not trust Americans!

    Putin’s popularity was waning – then you idiots had to support the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine and supported a neo – nazi as the Prime Minister (plus some 32 of these as elected politicians) thereby boosting nationalistic pride amongst Russians and giving Putin assets. Public assets – population support.

    Then illegal sanctions against Russia – which forced a tit for tat reprisal – the Russians themselves support the whole exercise because you idiots (and yes I say that boldly) cannot ever put your foot down and say no when it comes to foreign policy.

    But god forbid a young girl living in America is scared – how many young girls are sitting in UN HRC’s scared and scared? Yes the true humanitarian refugees not the economic refugees.

    God help America as no one else will – that is the result of foreign policy!

  2. poetopoet replied:

    Just another guilt ridden Jew who hopes to be forgiven, leave the damned alone, she is already a sex salve Muslim; Muslims like that age, male or female.

    God told the Jews to write this down and warned them to not change a word, but they failed to read it then as now the LGBT and Muslim community are damned too.

    For Jesus Christ the Lord said:

    “”Whoever, ‘blasphemes’, My words, and My Testimony, will not, enter, the Kingdom of Heaven! – will not ‘enter, into Eternal Rest’; but will, be ‘blotted out’, of the Book, of Life! For any ‘sin’, can be forgiven, but whoever sins, against the True Holy Spirit, will never, be forgiven. And why is this My son? “”

  3. Robert replied:

    Maybe the mom should tell her daughter the truth that Trump was not talking about Muslims already in the US instead of letting her daughter continue to be scared!

    • veni replied:

      That wouldn’t fit the MSM’s narrative.

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