Wednesday 7 June 2017


If you switch on the news (Wait, do people even own tvs nowadays? Where do you get your news updates? News24 app? CNN website? The Daily Show with Trevor Noah?) chances are you'll come across the words terrorism or terrorist.  Most recently the Manchester bombing (The suicide bombing in Manchester, England after an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. During her One Love Manchester concert on Sunday she raised $13 million for victims of the attacked and she slayed her performance of Over The Rainbow like a boss.) and the London attack (The terrorist attack that happened on 3 June 2017 where 3 men drove a van into pedestrians and stabbed Londoners in the Borough Market area) have made headlines.

While doing research to find out what to write for today’s post I came across some heartbreaking articles about recent terrorist attacks.


I know this isn't what you're used to reading but I felt it's what I needed to write. The theme and journey for this month is The Fight Against Terrorism and most of the posts for this month will be centered around this theme.

Today's post is just a moment of silence.

Let's go back to basics (No gifs today *sigh*) and take a moment of silence to remember those that came before us (and will come after us - hell, we could even be one of them!) who were affected by this horrendous crime.

Here are just some of the deadliest terrorist attacks in 2017. My heart is with all the victims and the many that I didn't mention.



1st - Istanbul, Turkey - ISIS - 39 DEAD, 70 INJURED - Istanbul Nightclub Shooting - A mass shooting occurred in the Reina nightclub in Ortakoy where 100s of people were celebrating the New Year

18th - Gao, Mali - Al-Mourabitoun - 77 DEAD, 115 INJURED - 2017 Gao Bombing - A suicide bomber drove a vehicle filled with explosives into a military camp in what is considered the deadliest terrorist attack in Malian history.



16th - Sehwan, Pakistan - ISIS - 88+ DEAD, 250+ INJURED - 2017 Sehwan suicide bombing - A suicide bombing in a popular Shrine in Pakistan while pilgrams were performing a ritual after the evening prayer.

19th - Mogadishu, Somalia - Al-Shabaab - 39 DEAD, 50+ INJURED - A car packed with explosives blew up at a market near a busy intersection in the Somalian capital city


MARCH 2017

22nd - London, United Kingdom - Khalid Masood - 5 DEAD, 49 INJURED - 2017 Westminster attack - 52 year old Briton, Khalid Masood, drove a car into pedestrians on the pavement near Palace of Westminster, seat of British parliament.

25th - Tshikapa, Democratic Republic of Congo - Kamina Nsapu - 40+ DEAD, 2 INJURED - 2017 Congolese Decapitation Attacks - A police convoy of 40 were ambused and then decapitated


APRIL 2017

3rd - St Petersburg, Russia - Imam Shamil Battalion - 15 DEAD, 64 INJURED - 2017 Saint Petersburg metro bombing - A suicide bombing occurred on the St Petersburg Metro, on the day Vladimir Putin was due to visit the city.

9th - Alexandria, Eqypt - ISIS - 17 DEAD, 66 INJURED - Palm Sunday church bombings -  A suicide bomber has detonated an explosion outside Saint Mark’s Church in Alexandria’s Manshyia district.

9th - Tanta, Egypt - ISIS - 30 DEAD, 70 INJURED - Palm Sunday church bombings - A man blew himself up during a church service, causing mass destruction and chaos

21st - Balkh Province, Afghanistan - Taliban - 256 DEAD, 160+ INJURED - 2017 Camp Shaheen Attack - Attack of military base by Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan killing Afghan soldiers


MAY 2017

20th - Wadi al Shatii District, Libya - Misrata Militants - 141+ DEAD, 100+ INJURED - Bak el Shatii airbase raid - clashes broke out in Brak al-Shati airbase between the LNA and the forces of Misrata, casualities including army officials and civilians

30th - Baghdad, Iraq - ISIS - 30+ DEAD, 40 INJURED - during Iftar, the breaking of fast in Ramadan, a car bomb detonated near a busy ice cream shop

31st - Kabul, Afghanistan - Haqqani Network - 150+ DEAD, 413+ INJURED - A car bomb detonated in Kabul's diplomatic quarter.


How many more people are going to die? How many more innocent lives will be taken for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

My heart is with Syria. My heart is with Afghanistan. My heart is with Somalia. My heart is with Iraq. My heart is with every single victim of terrorist attacks in our broken world.


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