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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. - Fred Rogers
In the wake of a terrorist attack that killed 22 people at a young girl’s concert, it’s difficult not to feel anything but dread and sadness about the state of the world. Instead, please join me in focusing on the acts of good and kindness that followed the horrific act of violence in Manchester.
Parents waiting for their children outside the Etihad Stadium, homeless men sleeping nearby and other bystanders responded to the horrendous scene not by fleeing, but by providing aid, comforting victims and helping family members reunite.
Local hospitality providers and bystanders brought food, sweets, blankets and other items of comfort to the Etihad Stadium area where people were waiting to hear word about their loved ones’ whereabouts.
In the aftermath of the explosion, people were fleeing from the stadium as fast as they could, including many children without money on them. With the Victoria Train station closed in response to the incident, there were not a lot of options. Taxi drivers converged on the area and offered free rides to people in need.
Roughly 21,000 people attended Ariana Grande’s concert and with people spilling out of the stadium amid chaos, many people, including young children did not know where to go. Hotels in the city centre provided refuge for those needing a place to wait. Local residents offered the same with the help of a social media hashtag, #RoomForManchester
Blood donors were lined up outside of blood donation centres in Manchester the morning following the attack. The North West Ambulance Service said they have enough blood to treat the victims thanks in part to the mobilisation of volunteers. They wish to encourage people to keep their appointments in the coming days and sign on as long-term volunteers.
As a website that focuses on empowering women, we are especially disturbed at the target of this attack. Mostly young girls out to experience a fun and exciting good time, as they cheer on their female idol. How disgusting.
But we must remember, for every deranged lunatic wanting to inflict pain, there are thousands upon thousands of others who just want to help. Who are willing to help. Who react heroically. Who are heartbroken by the events.
As you mourn for the victims and their families, try to keep this in mind and turn that despair into something good. Deranged lunatics hate that. They want us to be as dismal as they are - living life afraid, bitter and disillusioned with the world.
We’re better than that.
Author - Meghan Advent
Meg is one of the co-creators of Travelher and lives and breathes travel. She recently left her full time office role to put more energy into her own projects and recently got back from three months of traveling. Contact her at email@example.com.