Letter from the Editor in Chief – June 2017 – Manchester Arena attacks

I would like to give all of Manchester a warm welcome

As always. It is truly with a solemn and heavy heart that I write this month’s letter as I still feel as I did when I watched the US’ twin towers fall. Is this a dream? If so, I genuinely want to know when can I wake up?

I’m sure we are all fully aware of the tragedy on Monday 22 May that saw the unimaginable and unthinkable incident at Manchester arena occur. A lone bomber caused immense carnage devastation and immeasurable suffering not seen and felt in the hearts of Mancunians since the IRA bombing in 1996.

Amid all the deaths and the serious injuries

Many of which are still suffering and the mad chaos that ensued under the uncertainty.  Of not knowing if this was going to be a series of attacks or just a singular incident (Operation Temperer). What we did witness was the world holding hands with Manchester. Compassion rather than heartlessness, tolerance rather than bigotry and love rather than hate, won.

Wrapping themselves around our strength, unity, love and solidarity under #WeStandTogether and #WeLoveManchester.  People from across borders, continents, backgrounds and cultures grieved with Manchester.

Astoundingly, the city stood firm undefeated. There was also an improved understanding that this is not about mainstream media’s persecution of a sector of our community because of their birthplace, skin-colour or religion. But the stance, firm as can be, was about defeating terrorism that continually claims the lives of the innocent under whatever name they choose. There should be a clear distinction between the name they use and who they really are. The terrorists are terrorists. There should be no emphasis on their creed or background, just as there was no emphasis on the Jo Cox MP murderer’s.

The Nubian Times would like to offer our sincere condolences

And well wishes to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific Manchester attack.

Words of wisdom:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility, count other more significant than yourself. – Philippians 2:3

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