EVIL WILL NOT TRIUMPH
Random people helping those affected by the attack is proof violence will never prevail
THE world was shaken by the news of the Manchester terror attack a few days ago where 22 people were reported to have been killed, and at least 50 others injured in the blast that was declared a terrorist attack and identified as a suicide bombing.
The incident took place right after a concert by popular American singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Almost half of those who have had their lives taken away so suddenly and unfairly have been confirmed to be teenagers and young children.
It’s with great sorrow I write this, because this atrocity should not have even happened. This senseless robbing of lives should not have even taken place. This absurdity should not have even occurred, making headlines in newspapers all over the world.
This is something that has been happening all too frequently the past couple of decades, and still we have no answers as to why we are powerless to prevent it.
It saddens me to think about having to worry about our family and loved ones never coming home someday because something like this might happen again. Frankly, it terrifies me.
But I don’t want to focus on the negatives right now. We’ve had enough news articles talking about the lives lost, more than enough to break our hearts thinking about the pain and suffering their loved ones must be going through at the moment.
What I want to highlight here is the other side of humanity.
I was going through the updates about the terror attack on Twitter when I came across a few posts by random people in Manchester who were offering help to those affected by the bombing.
Some of them were opening up their homes to complete strangers seeking refuge, and some hotel owners were offering their rooms and shelter to the ones in need.
In fact, a few of these hotels were even looking after a number of children who had been separated from their parents during the attack.
Citizens were queuing in long lines at blood donation centres to give their blood to the victims of the incident. Homeless people who were outside the concert venue rushed into the Manchester Arena to help those in need.
In addition to that, taxi drivers around the city banded together and offered free rides to those who were fleeing for their lives from Manchester Arena.
Mobile phone providers offered people to use their phones to make calls or have their phones charged for free at any of their stores.
Eateries and food joints even offered free food not just to those who were involved in the terror attack, but to all the police, emergency and ambulance personnel, as well as local reporters who were present at the scene, all of whom were working tirelessly to save as many lives as possible.
A mental health charity opened its doors to all those who have been affected by the bombing, giving out free counselling sessions to individuals, couples and families to help them through this difficult time.
A crowd-funding campaign for the victims of the attack, which was set up by the Manchester Evening News newspaper, has raked in more than £1 million (RM5.5 million) so far.
When I read all this, tears were rolling down my face. Seeing photos of people sacrificing their time, effort and even lives to come to the aid of those in need made me realise that from the dreadfulness of this incident, there is still so much kindness and compassion.
This is all the proof we need that ruthlessness will never have the upper hand.
This is all the proof we need that violence will never prevail.
This is all the proof we need that evil will never triumph.
As long as there are people like this in the world, things will be okay. We only need to believe that someday, the world will indeed be a better place.
... this atrocity should not have even happened. This senseless robbing of lives should not have even taken place. This absurdity should not have even occurred, making headlines in newspapers all over the world.
Flowers and messages of support rest in St Ann’s Square in Manchester on Friday, placed in tribute to the victims of the May 22 terror attack at the Manchester Arena.