Above is a photo of thousands of people gathering in Albert Square to remember victims of the Manchester bombing attack that occurred last night.
22 people’s lives ended yesterday. 59 were wounded. An entire country has been scarred once again. In fact they are still recovering from the London attack which occurred less than 3 damn months ago.
Despite these constant wounds and constant healing periods needed, Great Britain will never grow callous no matter how many times disaster attempts to strike to rip open the wounds, and rip the nation apart. Their solidarity is unwavered.
For those of you from the UK, you will heal. Allow yourself to hurt, and ask for all the help you can, because you deserve that help, ten times over.
I cannot dwell on those to blame for this tragedy because they don’t deserve any more fucking attention. I’m going to focus on extremely inspiring posts I was moved by on social media from news sites and people in Manchester.
Here is a man from Manchester at a blood donor center giving extremely kind words for his community.
Below is a message sent to Lauren Duca, a freelance journalist out of New York City, from a 23 year old Manchester resident on the night of the attack. Duca posted it on her twitter last night. It was such a sensible outlook in such an irrational time, and made me want to do nothing but help these people affected.
Here is a transcript of the message if the wording is too small to read:
I’ve emailed you/tweeted you once or twice before, because I think you’re brilliant. You’re an inspiration.
This message is different though, it’s a request. I live in Manchester, and obviously we’ve suffered the tragic attack tonight. I don’t know how this new sis being covered in your country, and I also don’t know if you or any of your colleagues are intending to write about it.
If you do though, I think it’s important you know one thing.
We in the city have not reacted to this terror attack with vitriol; or with fear. We have not even reacted in open defiance (yet). Our first reaction ha been to take to the streets with water, with supplies, to open our homes to those who are stranded and also, sadly, to guide the families who have lost their children through to the centre of a city they don’t know.
If you do choose to write about us, please know that reacted with kindness, empathy, and love. Not with hate.
Either way, you’re the best. “
Below is a video giving children advice if they are feeling anxious sad or confused about what they’re seeing in the news in terms that kids can easily understand. I love this. Take the time to communicate sensitively with children. especially in such intense times as these.
I know this little post couldn’t amount to much compared to what the people of Manchester need and the victims of the attack need right now, so just consider this my two cents.