Last night’s attack in Manchester has left the country in shock. The detonation of a bomb at an Ariana Grande concert which was attended by thousands of young children, teenagers and families shows the senseless and inhumane act by one unknown individual. It’s incredibly heartbreaking knowing that some people never made it home last night.
It’s important at this time to stand in solidarity and support for all those affected. To act in ways of kindness and love, not anger, hate and violence. It’s easy to get caught up in these emotions, to get caught up with the panic, the news and with social media, but believe there is good in the world, and BE the good in the world.
For those feeling fear, I’d like to help provide some facts on terrorism in the UK, not to hide the realness of these events, but to ease the minds of the irrational and provide facts for those who want to blame or tarnish religious and ethnic groups.
Terrorism in the UK is actually on the decrease
Although the risk is currently at severe, the UK has seen much worse terrorist acts, which many of you reading may not know about because you were either babies or hadn’t even been born yet! This graph highlights events from the last 47 years, showing that although the country fears terrorism and we have people who want to stand with political parties like UKIP to ‘fight the war against terrorism’, terrorism has actually decreased dramatically.
The terrorists people always seem to forget about… Who are the IRA?
The IRA are an organisation from Northern Ireland, and though they haven’t successfully attacked in recent years, they caused many catastrophic deaths all over the UK in the past. The conflict regarding the Catholic Irish Nationalist group (yes, you read it, they’re roots are Catholic) saw the deaths of around 3,600 people over their main active 30 years. These deaths include a car bomb outside London’s Old Bailey, and the infamous Lockerbie plane attack which killed 270 people in 1988. The threat from IRA is still at severe in the UK, which is important to remember when reading any hate articles, or listening to any racially motivated speeches.
You’re more likely to be killed by the dog in the UK than a terrorist attack…
Globally, the vast majority of terrorism attacks occur in the Middle East and North Africa. Research suggests that in the UK, in the last 10 years “there’s been 1.4 deaths per year in the UK due to terrorism – which means you’re more likely to be killed by dogs (18 deaths per year), hot water (100 deaths per year) or using your phone while driving (2,920 deaths per year)” (The Telegraph, 2017).
Although it’s perfectly normal to feel scared because the attack last night was obviously real, extreme and had huge impacts, it’s important to behave without racism, irrationality and prejudice. “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment” -Mahatma Gandhi. It’s important for us to act with humanity and love at all times, but now especially.
Thanks for reading,
Be peaceful, be understanding and be kind.
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