We are all shocked and saddened by last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the city, the families affected, and to the victims, who were simply enjoying an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
One tiny comfort we can take from the tragedy is Manchester’s response to it. People have been offering strangers rooms, hotels have been providing shelter; and countless taxis have been giving people free rides.
On social media, stories of kindness and generosity have been emerging, proving that no matter what, Manchester is united and the country is behind them – as you can see from these tweets:
Muslim taxi drivers giving free lifts, Sikh temples giving food & beds, locals giving blood in the morning. Proud to call Manchester home
— Emily Bolton (@EmilyBolton19) May 23, 2017
— Prossy (@Pkakooza) May 23, 2017
Hearing stories of so many Mancunians helping by opening homes & giving blood is filling me with so much pride for my home city #Manchester
— Steph Siddall (@stephsiddall) May 23, 2017
Along with this, artists and illustrators took to Instagram to share the wonderful work they’d created to show solidarity with the city. Touchingly, much of the art included a symbol of hope, inspired by Ariana Grande’s trademark bunny ears.
#prayformanchester …………………….. Solamente pensemos si pasa algo asi con 5H o con Camila _________________________ Para los que no saben mucho aca tengo un poco de información __________________________ Ariana Esta bien,Muerieron 20 personas,hay 50 heridos Y 10 personas graves,Los terroristas que hicieron esto estan sueltos y avisaron (No se como) Que iban a atacar a mas conciertos,Ari suspendio todos sus conciertos. …..si tengo mas informacion les voy diciendo….
One featured the words of James Corden, who made an emotional tribute to the city:
A lot of the pieces featured a bee – the city’s symbol:
Some included lyrics from famous Manchester bands like The Smiths and The Stone Roses:
This is just a small selection of the art that’s been shared, but every single piece is a symbol of the support for Manchester during this sad time.
While there are some who will try to divide us through hate, it will only make us stronger and more united.
Featured image credit: @dickvincent