Last night one of my favourite cities was attacked by a terrorist. At around 10:30pm, at an Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Manchester Arena, as thousands of people, mostly children and teenagers, were leaving, a bomb exploded that has so far killed 22 people and injured around 60 others.
Manchester is very close to my city, and I go there a lot for shopping, nights out, and Comic Con. It is a remarkable and beautiful city, that is very friendly and fun. To see so many innocent children and young people attacked is devastating, and heart-breaking.
But watching the news, I am so proud to see the best of humanity standing up against the worst. The people of Manchester have shown why the terrorist has ultimately lost his attempt to terrorise. Many have opened their doors to give room to those from outside the area who found themselves unable to get home, hotels and restaurants have given free rooms and food, taxis and other people with cars have been giving free rides to those who needed it. Members of the emergency services, while others were afraid and running away, instead ran into danger to save lives and give comfort to people who were suffering, and blood banks have had to turn people away because the amount of people turning up to give blood to those in hospital needing surgery. THAT is why the terrorist has lost. The people of Manchester, from all levels of society and all communities, have come together to help each other in the darkest of times. They were the light in the darkness, the hope that can not be beaten. They gave life.
My heart goes out to everyone who was at that concert last night, and to the families of those who have died. I can not imagine how you feel right now, and I would if I could, make your pain go away.
“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Bernard Williams.