International Day of The Victims of Terrorism.
The trauma experienced by terrorism breaks you, but it also unites you. Connection is a human experience – it brings us together and links us in ways we can see and feel. Without connections, we are destined to remain isolated.
Connections preserve love and passion, as well as strengthen and maintain internal resistance within our community. In my recovery, it was the power of the human connection that saved me from the darkest moments when breathing became too harsh. Through my connections I have gained strength and have shared my pain with others. This has helped me a lot: both individually and collectively. Thanks to connections with others, I have been able to live again. And it has shown how important connections truly are.
Connections [give me] a strong voice. They empower us all to counter terrorist narrative and hate speech. Accelerate my recovery and resilience. Through contact and communication, new ideas are generated, information, experiences and skills are exchanged. And, even if we are able to connect from a distance, what is important is that hug, that smile, that comforting hand or look and, ultimately, the natural flow of tears.
We are all connected by the strength that we have had to teach ourselves, in our resilience and in our desire to make the world a more connected place. By being together, we are not alone.