aside UK Manchester’s Tragedy, Heartbreak And Devastation On May 22, 2017

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Ariana Grande

We here in the USA, are devastated and grieving for our neighbors from across the pond, over the inexplicable news of the May 22, 2017 act of terrorism on what should have been an evening of joy and merriment, as young people attended a concert to cheer on their teen idol,  Ariana Grande, at the Manchester Arena in the UK.

Many of us have been in those parents shoes, where we drop off a group of young ladies to attend a concert with the full expectation that they are going to have a grand time, screaming, clapping and singing their hearts out, only to exit later in giggling high spirits, to be swooped up into cars driven by their loving, doting guardians.

People running down stairs as they attempt to exit the Manchester Arena
@ZACH_BRUCE/REUTERS Image caption Fans ran down stairs as they exited the Manchester Arena after the explosion

Instead this fun event was transformed into every parents’ worst nightmare where the children were observed fleeing the concert hall screaming and in fear for their lives. Parents were crying when they managed to connect with their loved ones. Some lives have been unalterably changed forever as those waiting learned that 22 attendees including one eight year old child  will never be returning and 59 others were injured. As of the next day, May 23, I heard that parents were still seeking their children.

This should not be a way of life…This could have been anyone of us, anywhere in the world…

Vigil in Albert Square
Thousands of people gathered at a vigil in central Manchester on Tuesday evening

As per a May 23, 2017 BBC News report, “Salman Abedi has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 59 at Manchester Arena on Monday night.”

“The 22-year-old was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin, the BBC understands.”

“So far three victims have been named – Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, Georgina Callander and John Atkinson, 28.”

“Greater Manchester Police said the priority was to establish whether Abedi had worked alone or not.”

“Abedi is thought to have blown himself up in the arena’s foyer shortly after 22:30 BST on Monday, as fans were beginning to leave a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.”

“Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins passed on “heartfelt sympathies to all the innocent people caught up in last night’s despicable act”, adding that specially-trained family liaison officers were supporting families.”

SAFFIE ROUSSOS AND GEORGINA CALLENDER

More About the 3 Victims

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was a pupil at Tarleton Primary School, in Lancashire.

Her head teacher, Chris Upton, said she had been “simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word” and was “loved by everyone”.

“John Atkinson was from Bury in Greater Manchester.”

“Student Georgina Callander, believed to have been 18, has also been named as among the dead.”

“She had been studying health and social care at Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire.”

“The wounded are being treated at eight hospitals around the city, with 12 children under the age of 16 among them.”

“Several people are still missing, including teenagers Laura MacIntyre and Eilidh MacLeod, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19.”

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What happened? (BBC NEWS)

“Police say a lone male suicide bomber detonated a home-made bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena as crowds were leaving the concert.

“Officers were called at 22:33 BST on Monday (May 22, 2017) and streets surrounding the arena and Victoria station were sealed off.”

“Twenty-two people were killed in the explosion, including an eight-year-old girl.”

“A further 59 people, including 12 under the age of 16, were injured and taken to hospital.”

“The attacker died at the scene.”

Manchester Arena blast

“Eye witnesses said the noise of the explosion was followed by a flash of fire.”

Manchester Arena foyer plan

“Metal nuts and bolts were strewn around the floor among bodies and the smell of explosives was in the air, witnesses said.”

“They also spoke about the fear and confusion that gripped the concert-goers, as they rushed for the exits.”

“More than 240 emergency calls were made; 60 ambulances and 400 police officers attended.”

“After the attack hundreds of people in Manchester took to social media to offer spare beds and rooms for those stranded in the city.”

“Ariana Grande, who had just left the stage when the blast happened, has expressed her sorrow at the deaths.”

Manchester Arena wider area mapWho carried out the attack?

“Salman Abedi, 22, has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber.”

“The priority remains to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.”

“Daniel Sandford, BBC home affairs correspondent, said Salman Abedi was born in Manchester on New Year’s Eve 1994.”

“The BBC understands that he has at least three siblings: an elder brother who was born in London, and a younger brother and sister who were born in Manchester.”

“The family, believed to be of Libyan origin, has lived at several addresses in Manchester, including at a property at Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield area, that was raided by police on Tuesday.”

“Earlier, Mr Hopkins had said the force would treat the incident as a terror attack “until we have further information”.

“The so-called Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, but this has not been verified.”

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, delivered a statement on Tuesday morning on the Manchester terror attack
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, delivered a statement on Tuesday morning on the Manchester terror attack CREDIT: JACK TAYLOR/GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

NOTE: On May 23. 2017, the British Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level for another terrorist act from Severe to Critical. The Critical title means that the terrorism threat is of an imminent nature.

14 comments

  1. This event is how people, like that guy at the White House, thrive and can persuade others that their beliefs are right. The perpetrator is of a particular religion, and that’s enough confirmation and validation to others. If I, as a liberal, can actually feel some anger and for a moment , believe that maybe the other side is right, then , these radical Muslims and the Radical Right are actually winning.

    • Dear Renxkyoko,

      You are describing a natural impulse. But then I don’t want the haters of this world to win by me becoming one of them.

      The suicide bomber was born in Manchester.He is one of their own. Remember last year June 12, 2016, when someone went inside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida to have a shoot out.

      The right’s methods would not have stopped these acts of evil.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. A very sad and horrific tragedy. Understandably anger will rise b/c innocent children were harmed by this unconscionable act of terror. However we should not scapegoat a whole group of ppl/ culture/ religion due to the act of one person.

    But we also should not turn a blind eye towards growing terrorism worldwide, and not just Islamic Imams preaching hate and destruction, also KKK white supremacists and other hate groups should be closely monitored. Hopefully we can put an end to these senseless acts of violence.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      This is just a reminder that terrorism by disfranchised guys who get radicalized, is now a way of life.It is frightening because this can happen anywhere. It could be a Dylann Roof who shot attendees at a SC church or Omar Mir Seddique Mateen who shot folks at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. about a year ago.

      This can happen anywhere, anytime.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Look at how the people of Manchester are reacting for your answers. That is how we deal with these things.
    With tea and poetry and tears and love. With sadness and hope and togetherness. Not hate.
    We carry on, because we have to, but we acknowledge that we are all vulnerable, no matter what our religion (or none), our politics, our colour, our sex or our gender.
    Humans are stronger together.
    Manchester, like many of our cities, has a history of being targeted by terrorists. The fact that the perpetrator was a self-styled Muslim does not make any difference. Sikhs and Muslims and Jews and Christians and people of no religion have been out giving comfort. A homeless man cradled a dying woman in his arms and wrapped the wounds of a child in a t-shirt.
    Remember Jo Cox – Hope Not Hate

  4. Dear Memoirsofahusk,

    The memory of Jo Cox will be remembered because she represented the opposite of hate.

    It is a comfort to know that in these times of shock, loss and grieving can bring out the best in all of us. There is that need to reach out to others to offer solace, to cry and hug those around you, and to support and lift up one another.

    Hate helps the haters of this world to win.

    Still, we are saddened for your loss and we send you our condolences in your time of grief.

    Lots of Hugs, Gronda

  5. Gronda, this saddens me in general and the fact it happened to such young people. In the smoke and devastation created, we did witness many angels arise to help. That is the takeaway. Peace be with all. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      What’s sad beyond the Manchester tragedy, is that this can happen to anyone of us at anytime. It appears to be our new reality.

      These tragedies have a way in bringing the best out of all of us. Peoples of good will love to help.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Gronda, they do bring out the best in us. The sad truth is we will be hard pressed to stop a motivated attacker of a soft target willing to take his or her own life. Doesn’t matter how much a leader beats on his chest. Keith

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