Page Twenty Five: I stand with Manchester.

What was supposed to be a night to enjoy and come together in harmony, became a deadly nightmare. It was a night whose scars will forever be carved into human history.

British police have dubbed it as the worst terror attack since the July 2005 bombings, and with the death toll rising to 22 and 120 injured, the country has put its security alert to its highest. According to BBC Radio 4’s  Matthew Price, shortly after US singer Ariana Grande’s gig finished at around 10:30pm, a man walked into the foyer – where merchandise was sold – and detonated an improvised bomb.

Mancunians lay flower for the victims during a candlelight vigil at Albert’s Square in Manchester, England. Source: Google Images.

Local politicians and world leaders alike condemned the senseless act with most stating the perpetrator of this attack whose sole intention was to sow fear and divide people will not succeed. After the attack, #RoomForManchester began trending on social media as kind-hearted Mancunians showed the real spirit of Manchester by helping and opening their doors for those stuck in the area, away from danger. The following day, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham invited people to join him in a vigil at Albert’s Square where a minute’s silence was observed by thousands. The people are reunited once again, by kindness and faith.

The town’s ability to come together and help after the attack was beyond profound. It just shows that at the end of the day, it is still humanity that will always prevail. This post is dedicated to the citizens of Manchester and the UK. Well done for showing to the extremists your real spirit. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Let us keep fighting and not give in to such dreadful events. We, humans, are built with a survival instinct to expect the worst. After all, this is part of the reason we’ve made it this far.


(Source of Featured Image: Google Images).


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