8 Messages Of Love In The Wake Of The Manchester Bombing


On Monday night, a terrorist attack carried out at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England killed 22 people--many of them teenagers looking to enjoy a performance from one of the world's biggest pop stars. It is the worst attack on British soil since 2005

The attack has sent shockwaves through the world, and though questions about security and what can be done to prevent these kinds of attacks abound, messages of love and unity have risen up from Manchester and elsewhere.

A few hours ago, after a moment of silence in St. Ann's Square, a woman named Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow began to sing "Don't Look Back in Anger"--a 1995 hit from English rock band Oasis. The crowd of mourners joined for a moving moment captured by Guardian correspondent Josh Halliday. 

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher tweeted the following in the wake of the attack on Monday:

Immediately following the attack, some taxi drivers offered up their services for free:

Manchester resident @thatqueenliv tweeted photos of flowers and memorials placed around town:

English singer-songwriter Pixie Lott dedicated a rendition of "All You Need Is Love" at a show on May 24:

Pop singer Harry Styles, who grew up a half hour from Manchester, took a moment at his show in Los Cabos, Mexico, to make a plea to "choose love" over hate:

President Barrack Obama spoke in Berlin today about "bringing more and more people together who are trying to unite us around a common good":

And here is Charlotte Campbell, the mother of 15-year-old Olivia who died in the attack, imploring the crowd to please stay together and don’t let this beat any of us. Don’t let my daughter be a victim."

In an interview on NPR's Here & Now on Tuesday, Melissa Brymer, Director of Terrorism and Disaster Programs at UCLA–Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, cites a sense of empathy and community as important factors in being able to cope in the wake of such an event:

"Take that worry and [frame it as] 'How do we help others?' We know that people reach out who have been part of these experiences [with prior attacks]. They reach out to help those that are now trying to figure out how to find a way to live without that loved one in my life."

-Deena Drewis