Ever since the first news broke out, I've been checking all updates about the said attack. One thing is when crowds that consist mostly of grown-ups are attacked, but it's a whole different thing to aim at youngsters that haven't even experienced those crazy hormones of puberty, wild adventures with their friends in high school or uni, first heartbreaks and dizziness from a bit too much alcohol. When I say this I say it because there is a child I consider my younger sister who's the same age as 8-year-old Saffie Roussos. I say it because I was not so long ago a 15-year-old going through a series of emotions at once like Olivia Campbell who was with no doubt going through same while seeing her favourite singer Ariana. I say it for a 18-year-old Georgina Callander who was just discovering the fun parts of a college student's life. I say it for each and every taken away life.
But as heart tightens just seeing another article about them, it's hard to stop the tears from coming when you see the fear in Olivia's mother's eyes when she broke down on camera as she explained that she doesn't know her daughter's whereabouts. And it's even worse when you realise the last memory of her Olivia's face was when she went to the concert and how she will never see her again just like Georgina's mother Leslie Callander who broke down in tears at memorial vigil. And I share the thought of Mummy Mumbles "I couldn’t help but think about all the parents who will find out in the coming days that they won’t get the opportunity to cuddle their children again." It's hard to take all the emotions and empathy you get as pictures of dozens of people, many of them children, are being circulated on Facebook and Twitter in a bid to help worried love ones find out if they are safe.
And as many, I try to curb the sadness, but anger rises up as I see that social media has been swamped with false reports of missing children, probably with aim to gain retweets. And it leaves me questioning how sick, mean, unemphatic can you be to seek attention and whatnot in a time like this? (1/2)