Empathy For the Manchester Arena Bombing

His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago via telephone conveyed his support to the British Deputy High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago, Tim Stew regarding the Manchester Arena Bombing.

In the conversation His Excellency said “I am very much aggrieved and shocked by this horrendous attack on the City of Manchester and those who I consider to be the world’s future – young people who are entitled to enjoy the wonders of youth.  Theirs was an innocence brutally assaulted by an unforgiving act of terrorism that knows no bounds and is indifferent to both nationality and passport.”

The President further said “I did not sleep last night because it hurts as if it was my own.  I am a firm believer in youth empowerment.  How could they do this to young 14 to 18 year old girls with so much hope in their eyes, attending an Ariana Grande concert, a singer well-loved and a great favourite of young girls and boys?”

His Excellency further commiserated with the British people saying “Trinidad and Tobago might be a small country but we have a big heart.  On behalf of the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago we send our genuine love, empathy and compassion to Prime Minister May, to Queen Elizabeth II, the British people and most of all, to the families and friends of the victims in their moment of great grief and deep sadness.”

In ending the 9President said “We all need to lock arms in solidarity against terrorism.  No one is safe anywhere anymore.  In Trinidad and Tobago, we too are not safe for there is a clear and present danger.”  His Excellency stands firm in the notion of a global community which, whilst holding fast to that which makes us distinctive, never ceases to lend support to each other in their time of need.  On must never allow the despicable actions of a few to eclipse the mountains of rectitude which are constantly built, knocked down and rebuilt daily by the exemplary members of our society.