The Manchester Bombings: My Experience

I’m sorry to start 2018 off with negativity, but I realised that I never did a blog about this, so here it is.

On the 22nd May 2017, a concert in Manchester was a target of a terrorist attack, the attack killed 22 people, including children as young as 8, and injuring hundreds.

That morning, I stood with my family in silence as we watched clips of the night, children running away, the sound of the bomb and the screams…the screams… I went into college and everyone was tense, it’s was uncomfortably quieter than usual, I went into my media class and my teacher wasn’t her usual bubbly self. We seemed sit in silence, suddenly grateful for what we have.

The rest of the day was the same, but it was what happened at home that I’ll never forget. My mum came up to me holding her phone and said, “do you recognise her?”, within a second of showing me the picture, is said “That’s Nell.”.

The last time I saw Nell, she must have been 7 or 8, she went to my primary school and was fairly close to my sister. I always remember her with a huge smile on her face, almost forced. She was always happy at primary school.

My mum said that Nell was missing, along with other children, I tried to stay positive and I convinced myself that Nell would be found, that she would be unharmed and seeking refuge at some hotel.

But that was not the case.

The next day, at college, I heard other people talking about Nell, saying that ‘the girl from around here is dead’, I wanted to cry. I did even know Nell, she wasn’t my friend, but I knew her enough to recognise her voice and personality. During my study period, I sat on my own, refreshing the news on my phone, waiting for the article to show up, and soon enough it did, “Latest victim of Manchester bombing identified as Nell, 14.” That was when I knew it was real. An innocent girl from my primary school was murdered.

Despite all of the horror that the Manchester attack threw at us, so many people showed a sense of community, hope and optimism, with the entire world joining together to remember Nell and the 21 other victims of the attack. That was when I realised that we are a community, a team, and it is our job to stop the monsters who keep trying and failing to break us.

Make the most of what you have, love those around you and keep smiling.

Have a fun life! 🙂

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