Nice, Brussels, Yemen, Paris, Orlando, Ankara, Brussels – all these places should be home to excitement, travel, beautiful landscapes, memorable moments from both tourists and locals, but 2016 has brought attention to these places for all the wrong reasons. It’s horrible to think that terrorism is becoming an annual event, occurring anywhere and everywhere. It’s frightening! Everyone who has been murdered by these attacks were just average human beings like you and I. They went out on their last day of living expecting it to be like every other day – they will go shopping or see friends or go clubbing or to a party and then return home with memories of a great day/night, but instead their lives were ripped from their grasp by people who believed they knew better, who decided to take power into their hands and ruin so many innocent lives, but for what? Honestly, what have the recent terror attacks, or any terrorist attack, for that matter, achieved?
The Daily Telegraph put out a powerful front page that brought chills to my spine. It seems that every second week we are hearing of another terrorist attack, but we never stop to think about the tally of people that have had their lives ripped from them in these attacks. So for a newspaper to compile the beginnings of a list of how many people have died in these horrific attacks, it makes people stop in their tracks and actually realise how many lives have been lost this year alone!
What else frustrates me is how the media talks about them, and depending on the location of the attack depends on the level of publicity each attack gets. Did you know that aside from the middle eastern wars there have been other attacks within Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as attacks in Istanbul, Lahore, Nigeria, Ankara, Jalalabad, Peshawar, Libya and so much more? I am not saying that we should not report on the attacks in Nice as much as we have been in the recent days, but I rarely saw an article about the attacks in places that are not first-world countries such as Istanbul. A person’s life no matter what religion they follow, sexual orientation, morals, beliefs and way they live their life deserves to be recognised, and when the media decides not to report on the Istanbul attacks or the Iraq attacks it makes me angry! They are people too, either we do not give attention to any attacks or we give attention to all of them! But personally, despite aspiring to become a journalist, I believe that the media needs to reduce how much attention is given to each attack. Despite this probably being an unpopular opinion, I believe that by giving media attention to each attack we are just giving the attackers and ‘master minds’ behind the events what they want. They want people to know what they did and by repeatedly mentioning their names and what they did in the news, they win. Yes, we as society deserve to know what happens in the world, but reporting days and days on end is what the attackers want. I believe that an attack should get the publicity of a day to make sure that everyone is aware of what is going on, but then mourning should become silent to each individual in order not to satisfy the desires of the attackers.
Every day I will think of the people who do not get to live their lives any more due to the horrible actions of someone else, terrorism related or not and I hope you will to because they deserve to not be forgotten!