I wasn’t planning on writing today, to be honest, but the events of last night changed my mind. Last night, 22nd May 2017, a bomb exploded at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena.
This has shocked me to the core, not only because bombs are scary and horrible, but a for a few other reasons. Ariana Grande is a pop artist, mainly appealing to young children. Young children who were eager to go and see her live, and had probably got the tickets as Christmas or birthday presents. I cannot fathom why anyone would want to harm innocent babies; of course, it’s tragic when things like this happen to adults, but something about children being involved just makes it ten times worse for me.
Manchester is an amazing city; its cultural, its historic, its friendly. I live in Liverpool, a mere hour away from Manchester; the idea of something like this happening so close to where I live is terrifying, to say the least.
Today, it was confirmed that there has been 22 fatalities following the attacks last night. Many are still missing with no way to get in touch with their family members, and there are still over 50 unknown children in the Holiday Inn. There is also an appeal for blood donors. If you can help in any way, please do.
In times like these, we as a country need to stand together.
My heart goes out to everyone involved in this tragic event.