No words can describe watching the horrific unfolding of events of last night when a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured over 50 at a concert in Manchester. I was watching it from A & E where I was with my son, who was eventually diagnosed with a fractured ankle. We are all so keeping our fingers crossed that the number of fatalities doesn’t go up. It’s every parents nightmare to let your young child go to the concert of their dreams and then have them have to deal with such a heinous crime. To everyone in Manchester – our hearts are with you as you process this terrible event.
This cartoon in the Evening Standard is brilliant and sums up why terrorists will never win:-
We have seen the best and worst of humanity today. Communities coming together to help each other in incredible ways. Opening their doors to strangers, sheltering unaccompanied children, offering free taxi rides and queueing to give blood. Good samaritans leading people to safety and showing strength in kindness for those in need. It simply proves that no matter how sadistic one single person can be (who happens to be 22 years of age and how did he get to make that horrific decision to kill innocent children?), there are millions more of us who will rise up and stand up against this level of cruelty. All it will do is bring people even closer together and create a surge of defiance.
We will overcome.
We will not be cowed.
Pink balloons will always be released and represent the horror and defiance of this atrocity. “Who Is Smaller?”:-
Horrifically there are still parents who haven’t yet found their children. There is an emergency number 0161 856 9400 which is available for those who are concerned about loved ones or anyone who may have been in the area. Nothing can undo what has happened last night, but we will come together and prove that hate will never, ever win.