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The named victims so far:

Georgina Callander, 18

An 18-year-old college student from Lancashire, was the first victim to be identified following the Manchester attack.

Many of her friends have paid tribute to the teen, alongside Runshaw College where she was studying, and a number of celebrities.

“Georgina Callander was a former Bishop Rawstorne pupil studying with us on the second year of her Health and Social Care course.”

Saffie Rose Roussos, 8

She had been at the Ariana Grande concert with her mum Lisa Roussos and sister Ashlee Bromwich when the explosion shook the venue. Her mum and sister were rushed to hospital, but lost contact with Saffie. Saffie-Rose Roussos died from her injuries at the concert on Monday night.

Chris Upton, headteacher at Saffie’s school, said in a statement: “Saffie was simply a beautiful little girl in every aspect of the word. She was loved by everyone and her warmth and kindness will be remembered fondly. Saffie was quiet and unassuming with a creative flair.”

John Atkinson, 28

28-year-old John Atkinson from Bury was the third victim to be identified.

It’s understood that John had been leaving the concert when a lone man detonated a suicide bomb shortly after 10.30 on Monday evening.

Megan Hurley, schoolgirl

It is not known how old Megan was, but earlier this evening the chair of governors at Halewood Primary School said a girl who went to the school had died in the suicide bombing, according to Liverpool Echo.

He added that she had attended with her older brother who was seriously injured.

Olivia Campbell, 15

A heartbroken Mrs Campbell had broken down in tears on ITV’s Good Morning Britain earlier in the day, when her daughter was missing.

She spoke of how she had not spoken to her daughter Olivia since she set off for the event. "I can’t get through to her. I’ve called the hospitals, I’ve called all the places, the hotels where people say that children have been taken.”

"I’ve called the police. There’s no news, I’ve just got to wait. I’m waiting at home just in case she turns up here,” she told the morning program.

Alison Howe, 45 and Lisa Lees, 47

Two mums waiting to collect their teenage daughters after the concert were among the victims of the bomb attack. Their daughters, both aged 15, are understood to be safe.

Angelika, 40 and Marcin Klis, 42

Marcin and Angelika Klis, Polish parents of a student at the University of York, have been confirmed dead after the Manchester attack.

The pair posed for a selfie in the city centre just before going to the concert to pick their daughters up.

Their 20-year-old daughter had posted a plea for help on Facebook after they didn’t contact her following the attack.

The pair leave behind two daughters, Alex and Patricia.

Martyn Hett, 29

Martyn Hett, a Coronation Street superfan who had a tattoo of  Deirdre Barlow on his ankle and with his boyfriend won Come Dine With Me, has been named as one of the dead.

Kelly Brewster, 32

Kelly Brewster was at the concert with her sister Claire and niece Hollie Booth. She died shielding her niece from the blast and leaves behind a young daughter, Phoebe. Hollie has two broken legs but is safe.

Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51

Jane Tweddle-Taylor had gone to the Arena with a friend to pick up the friend’s daughter. She was a mother of three: “One of the biggest challenges we’ve had is one of my daughters was away travelling in Australia, so we were trying to pick a time to notify her.”

Nell Jones, 14

Her family and friends had posted appeals on social media saying she was missing following the concert. A student at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School.  She had been recently using crutches after suffering a ligament injury.

These are the 13 out of 22 named victims as of Wednesday, 24th of May at 2pm (GMT)

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The music industry comes together to show their support for Ariana Grande and the victims of the horrible Manchester Arena attack ♥

You have blue hair. Someone else with blue hair commits a terrible atrocity. People are hurt and injured. You mourn with the people who have experienced a loss and you feel their pain and anger. Suddenly, people look at you differently. They assume that as you have blue hair you must be the same as the monster who hurt those people. People shout abuse at you, over and over again. Groups of people with blue hair all show their respect for the deceased, they help those in need, and are kind. However, the media continues to label you, people say you need to go back to where you came from, but you do not condone those who committed or support the attack. One is not all.

In light of the Manchester attack, I think it’s important we don’t fuel anything with hate. As a country we continue, we get up day after day and we carry on. Because that is what we do. We unite, against terrorism. Unity means all: Everyone. All religions, all nationalities, all ethnicity’s. They are part of our country and we unite with them too. It sounds stupid to compare something like religion with hair colour. But it isn’t. Yes, Islamic state is an extension of Islam. However, Islamic state is not Islam. It’s so important not to fight hate with hate. I can tell you over and over, but I don’t need to. You only need to see British Muslims uniting and providing support to see that. 

What happened on Tuesday 22nd May 2017 was a hate fuelled attack on innocent people, but the only way we can say fuck you to terrorism is to show that hate will not be tolerated.

Ok I might not make sense while saying this but after what happened at Manchester, I just want us to pick up a symbol of rebellion. Like sing “One Last Time” or ANY song in rememberance of Florida, Paris, Christina and Manchester before the sets at any concert. Not just the ones that take place immediately after. Not just now. Let us sing before every concert as a sign of rebellion. As a sign that we won’t let a happy place be snuffed out by darkness. As a symbol for the strength of little girls and boys attending their first concert. As a sign of the resistance of our queer brothers and sisters, and their perseverance. Let it echo with the howls of those who lost their loved ones in a place meant to be a source of their happiness..let it haunt those who dare to hurt the innocent. Let it be a reminder to those who strive to break humanity..that humanity will march forward..FOREVER. Idk..just something to show that we won’t cower in fear. That we won’t stop living our lives. This might not have been the most thought out post but now I’m just desperate. Desperate for something. Anything.


Also please keep Thailand and Marawi in your prayers. And if possible please look for ways to help them.

labellefindumonde  asked:

You preach unity, but offer no ways to get people to come together. I address the differences not because I'm using them as an excuse, but because these are very real things that keep people divided. I have no desire to give in. The point of terrorism is to instill terror. To not be afraid is to combat it. To be kind and compassionate is to combat it. I guess I was expecting a more practical, eye-opening response than the one you gave. Sorry for bothering you.

Well I do offer ways to get people to come together, I’m sorry I fell short of your expectations in terms of answering your ask. You should have asked me to specifically mention that.

But since we’re at the topic of practical solutions already, and since you’re very much convinced that I am incapable of offering practical solutions, let me prove you wrong:

[as for the Bangkok Hospital Bombings, there’s no way for anyone to donate as of now, and I would love to help open an avenue for that, however, I am not from Thailand and I do not know anyone in Thailand so if anyone here is from Thailand, please let me know how people can assist the Bangkok Hospital Bombing victims]

Your hopelessness may have made you assume that people who preach unity can’t provide practical solutions (as shown in how you reacted on my answer to your first ask), and that is perfectly understandable. 

But now, I have shared to you (and to readers of this blog) the resources to help the people in need in Marawi, Manchester and Syria - now go and spread these resources to those who are still at loss at how they can help the people in those cities right now. 

I am UK resident, as some of you know by now and I was as shocked by the Manchester attack as many others were, but I am ashamed and appalled by comments I am seeing in the newspapers, media and comments on YouTube videos.

Comments like:

“This is what happens when your music taste is terrible.” - For one, this is hateful, this attack could have happened anytime, it’s like the daily mail blaming in on Ariana Grande’s appearance. Second, victims were children, we went out to see their favourite singer perform, it’s nothing to do with your views on Ariana.

“Why are we still letting Muslims into this country?” Because ISIS aren’t Muslims, people who let off bombs, people who even dare to touch someone, is not a Muslim, in the Islamic religion, harming someone is a offence, you aren’t even allowed to lay your hand on someone else. ISIS aren’t not Muslims, they just claimed the name of a peaceful religion and are trying to turn people against innocent people, who are against these attacks aswell. Not all Christians are the KKK, are they?

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” What about Wade Micheal described as a American white supremacist, who killed seven Sikhs after taking a gun into their place of worship. Or Jim David Adkisson, who killed two and injured a further six, who was lead by his hatred of Democrats, liberals, African Americans and homosexuals. Or Timothy James McVeigh and Terry Lynn Nichols who bombed Oklahoma City, killing over 100 people. Terrorists can be religious, not religious, any gender, any race. Media stereotypes them as Muslims and this is wrong. We have to remember that ISIS sometimes claim things that they have nothing to do with, because they want people to be afraid. 

Terrorism is becoming a growing threat and fear for not only the UK, but the whole world too. My friends are all debating if they want to bring children into this world. The media are trying to force parents into not taking their kids to gigs, theme parks or out past a certain time a night, they are spiking fear in the hearts of many and if we live like that, they they’ve won, they’ve got what they want.

Instead of turning the blame on people who didn’t do this, we should stand together and not comment before thinking.

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Intro to Children of the Damned, Birmingham, UK 21.5.2017 (x)

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Tony Walsh - A Poem for Manchester

Vigil Held for Victims of Manchester Attack in UK - 23 May 2017

This is the place In the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the best And the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands Set the whole planet shaking. Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant music We make brilliant bands We make goals that make souls leap from seats in the stands And we make things from steel And we make things from cotton And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten And we make you at home And we make you feel welcome and we make summat happen And we can’t seem to help it And if you’re looking from history, then yeah we’ve a wealth But the Manchester way is to make it yourself. And make us a record, a new number one And make us a brew while you’re up, love, go on And make us feel proud that you’re winning the league And make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the world And this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood pride And this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delivered it all Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stations So we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers. And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul And so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance And this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did. And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves. And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. That Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and Greater Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great. And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but they all call it home. And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets. Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times. But we keep fighting back with Greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, Northern wit, and Greater Manchester’s lyrics. And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity. Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever. And we’ve got this place where a team with a dream can get funding and something to help with a scheme. Because this is a place that understands your grand plans. We don’t do “no can do” we just stress “yes we can” Forever Manchester’s a charity for people round here, you can fundraise, donate, you can be a volunteer. You can live local, give local, we can honestly say, we do charity different, that Mancunian way. And we fund local kids, and we fund local teams. We support local dreamers to work for their dreams. We support local groups and the great work they do. So can you help us. help local people like you? Because this is the place in our hearts, in our homes, because this is the place that’s a part of our bones. Because Greater Manchester gives us such strength from the fact that this is the place, we should give something back. Always remember, never forget, forever Manchester.

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‘This Is The Place’ by Tony Walsh (Longfella), read at the Manchester vigil yesterday.

Inspiring, defiant, funny, full of heart. Much like Manchester :)