The Grenfell Tower Fire

The Grenfell Tower Fire

The Manchester attack, the London Bridge attack and the Grenfell Tower major fire are three one in a lifetime events in one month in the UK & London.  It’s extremely sad and distressing. As per the latest update 37 people are being treated in the hospital out of which 17 are under critical care, and 17 are reported to be dead. For latest update: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/live/2017/jun/14/grenfell-tower-major-fire-london-apartment-block-white-city-latimer-road As much as these events bring an imbalance in our daily lives they somehow give us an opportunity to come together and act as a society. Quoting one of the victims, “I have lost everything in the fire all I have is what I am in”. But is that all he has? I don’t think so. He has us. He has me, you and he has that mini world with him which resides in London. London is a place which has embraced people from all walks of life. It represents multiculturalism and diversity which is hard to find anywhere else. I am an Indian who stays with Spaniards, work with Brazilians and Britons, and study with Greeks, Germans and French. What a social fabrication! But it is extremely ironic that despite living and cherishing such a heterogeneous society how after an attack a section of society has to prove their belongings to the society by raising funds or condemning the attacks done by some anti-social element. To be precise, I would draw the attention on the Manchester attack, and how proceeding it media was bombarded showcasing Muslims raising funds for the people. Having said this I don’t raise doubts on their helping spirit a pious...
London-Manchester-London: We remain resolute

London-Manchester-London: We remain resolute

This morning, we wake up trying to get to terms with yet another attack against our democratic way of living. We send our thoughts and love to all those who lost friends and family members on behalf of the young people leading on the European Commission’s Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP) and the IARS Institute’s youth-led 99% Campaign. In the last 3 months, we’ve had three attacks and five another attempts to cause terror and divide us. Young Londoners and young people independently of where they are, where they are from and what they believe in, will continue to stand united inspiring us with gestures of love and reconciliation. Our role as civil society is now more vital than ever. It is our responsibility to also stand strong and focused. Despite the fear, anger and sorrow, we remain resolute in our fight to end the underlying factors that lead to radicalisation and the loss of more innocent lives. We know that this can only happen if we continue to show tolerance while we relinquish power to our youth and let them construct their own resilient, cohesive and inclusive societies. Based on this youth-led philosophy and through YEIP, we call out to young people to join us in our efforts to create a youth-led, pan- European strategy to prevent violent radicalization and marginalisation. Dr. Theo Gavrielides IARS Institute Founder & Director YEIP Coordinator 6 June 2017         (Cover image...