Imagine

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The latest terrorist atrocity to take place in Europe at a Christmas Market. My thoughts go out to all the victims and their families, and I'm sure many of you feel the same.

Submitted: December 20, 2016

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Imagine......

 

It is the 19th December, almost Christmas Day. Time for last minute shopping and what better place to look than at the Christmas Market. So many stalls selling so many things and what a seasonal atmosphere!

 

Some people are excited, happily looking for inspiration, smiling and chatting with people they know and with strangers. Other people are rushing, feeling the pressure of last minute panic. For them the visit to the Market is a necessity rather than a pleasure, a means to an end. So many different people.......

 

Some are local, that live nearby. Some have travelled from out of the city, drawn by the Christmas atmosphere and the choice of goods that are available on the different stalls.

And others are there from different countries, tourists or people that are visiting friends, family....

 

Now imagine that the hustle and bustle, the laughter, the raised voices are being over-powered by screams, by the sound of an engine. A large and loud engine that definitely doesnot belong in this place. There is the sound of crashing, glass breaking, screams and more screams....

 

What is happening? No one knows where to go, what to do. Everybody is scared, panic-stricken, totally terrified. It comes into view – the cause of the chaos. A truck, a massive one at that, ploughing it’s way along the pavement, crashing into stalls, bringing them crashing down onto shoppers who a moment ago had nothing but Christmas on their mind.

 

Although it only lasts for a matter of minutes it seems to go on for hours. The engine stops and for a moment it seems that all is silent. The police arrive, the emergency services....People are everywhere. There are running footsteps, shouted orders, voices trying to soothe the injured. There are moans, there are cries, there is total shock and disbelief. There are dead bodies, injured people, those unharmed physically but left traumatised completely. A festive trip has turned into a mindless random slaughter.

 

To the people of Berlin, and others caught up in the horror, my thoughts, along with those of many others, are with you.


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