Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Survivors of Arena Bomb Tell Their Stories One Year On

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Survivors of Arena Bomb Tell Their Stories One Year On

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GAZING ahead, 11-year-old Erin is asked to explain what happened at the end of last year's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

"I don't really want to," she falters.

Suffering flashbacks and unable to talk about what she saw, Erin's story is a heartbreakingly raw reminder of the trauma suffered by so many young people.

The majority of the 14,000 fans were young girls enjoying a night of freedom.

For many, it would have been the first night out without their parents.

Twenty-two people were killed, more than 250 injured and countless lives were impacted by the Arena attack on May 22.

Also among the concert-goers was Amelia, 18, from Wigan, who was just six feet from where the bomb went off.

Like Erin, she's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Her mum, who found her being treated by paramedics on the night of the attack, is struggling too - battling an overpowering urge to protect Amelia from the world. …

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