We live in fear.
Today I have such a heavy feeling of fear and devastation as a parent.
I went to bed last night with the news of a possible terrorist attack in Manchester last night.
— Katie Scarlett (@HiKatieScarlett) May 23, 2017
Woke up this morning to the devastating news of people killed and so many injured and among those were children.
Young children probably at their first concert. The innocence stripped from them in just one night.
A heart breaking way for any parent to start their day and the realisation of what kind of a world we are rearing our children in.
Sitting there this morning with a cup of tea in hand my children safely asleep in their beds I shed a silent tear.
— The Independent (@Independent) May 23, 2017
I could not even comprehend the fear the people at the concert felt and the sick feeling each one of those parents felt in the pit of their stomach when the news broke.
The fact that the concert would have being very much geared towards the younger generation of fans makes this attack even more sickening.
He knew the damage and devastation he was going to inflict. His own life obviously means nothing to him, the innocent lives he took means everything.
— char (@alltheloveagb) May 23, 2017
The damage from this one act will ripple through many families and their extended families.
The parents still searching for their children must feel like they are looking for a needle in a hay stack. The pure horror of not knowing if they are dead injured or just lost. That fear of not knowing where your children are.
This generation of children have to grow up in a world of fear a world of uncertainties a world of deciding whether it is safe to travel to another country.
When we were children our only fear was not being in late or you were in big trouble and not pissing off your friend’s parents. That was our fear.
Playing on the streets till it was dark. There was always one weirdo we were told to avoid but it was safety in numbers. Now when our children gather together at events like this concert they are in danger, maximum impact.
How do we protect our children now? We can’t stop them travelling and living and experiencing life but to be honest I just want to keep them all at home.
People who commit these heinous crimes not only take away lives. They also take away our right to freedom to be authentic and live a passionate, joyful life and not to live in fear.