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Friday, 7 July 2006

"We're not afraid"

Today is the first anniversary of the 7 July 2005 London bombings which killed 52 people. Please remember the victims in your prayers.

Immediately after the attacks, the website We're not afraid was launched. In their own words:
"We’re not afraid is an outlet for the global community to speak out against the acts of terror that have struck London, Madrid, New York, Baghdad, Basra, Tikrit, Gaza, Tel-Aviv, Afghanistan, Bali, and against the atrocities occurring in cities around the world each and every day. It is a worldwide action for people not willing to be cowed by terrorism and fear mongering.

The historical response to these types of attacks has been a show of deadly force; we believe that there is a better way. We refuse to respond to aggression and hatred in kind. Instead, we who are not afraid will continue to live our lives the best way we know how. We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear."
The website carries thousands of pictures with variations on the theme. Some of the very early ones were of people injured in the attack who had written "We're not afraid" in felt pen on their dressings. They have been followed by thousands of photos, some of them quite ingenious. The photo here is my own contribution. It's on the website somewhere!
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