As most of you may already know, there was a suicide bombing at the Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester, England last night around 10:30 PM. At this point in time, it has been reported that at least 22 people have been killed and more than 50 are injured. Isis has claimed responsibility for the attack, although it has not been confirmed. Authorities have arrested a 23 year old man in connection with the attack, and believe that they have identified the man who carried out the attack. Three of the victims have already been identified, the youngest being an 8 year-old girl named Saffie Roussos, but many are still missing.
However, amid the horrifying events of last night, the people of Manchester took action. They opened their homes, their businesses, their livelihoods to the survivors and first-responders to the attack. Taxi drivers flooded the area to give free rides to survivors. Because for every one act of evil, there are a thousand more of love, courage, and compassion.
The familiarity of the occasion makes the events of last night all the more terrifying, and I struggle to put into words the emotions I am feeling. How many concerts have you been to? How many movie theaters? How many sporting events in packed arenas? Situations that give us no cause to fear for our lives, or the dangers that lurk outside. And yet, that liberty has been taken away. On another night, at another event, we could have been the victims.
I’m heartbroken, and all I can offer is solidarity and prayer. Today, we hug our loved ones a little tighter, pray for the end of terrorism and hate, and remember that 22 innocent, smiling people went to a concert last night and will never come home again.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, as well as Manchester and England as a whole.
Pictures gathered from the New York Times