ISIS ‘Black Friday’. 3 Attacks, 3 Continents

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In the same 24 hours that a wonderful decision to legalise marriage equality in every single US state, in other parts of the world things crumpled a little.

3 terror attacks hit 3 countries.

In Kuwait, a bomb was detonated at a mosque killing 25 and injuring over 200. In France a victim was decapitated and his head placed on a fence at a factory which also experienced an explosion near Lyon. This puts France back to the highest terror alert possible. In Tunisia a gun attack at a beach in Sousse kills a reported 39 as terrorists storm a hotel beach full of holidaymakers. Tunisia had recently had a terror attack at the Bardot museum in Tunis, a nation reliant on tourism as a fundamental pillar of its economy, and was the origin of the Arab Spring.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, reacted on Twitter.

“I am sickened by the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. Our countries stand together in combating the horrors of terrorism.”

Sajjan Gohel, the international security director for the Asia-Pacific Foundation think tank, said the  events add up to “an unprecedented day for terrorism.” He suggested that we should expect more acts of terror.

“Terrorism is now diffuse: It’s not autonomous, it’s not necessarily being coordinated by one particular group, (and) it can often be very spontaneous… Gone are the days of the al Qaeda large-scale plots where the cell was big, the authorities could disrupt it, arrest (people) and prosecute. Now are are seeing an increase in the volume of terrorism because the plots sometimes actually are on a smaller scale (which makes them) harder to protect, harder to monitor.”

In a climate of adversity in terrorism and instant communication, it’s hard to know if this is a particularly tough time emerging, or the communication is the best the world has ever seen it and therefore we hear about things so much more easily. ISIS seem to be working hard to communicate an era of fear and compliance, and one the world leaders are publicly condemning. One thing is for sure, that the human cost of this crusade is very real.

I’ve visited Tunisia many times and what struck me each time was the hospitality and kindness of the Tunisian people. Each trip has lifted the veil on a beautiful country I always felt safe in. I won’t perpetuate the terror by sharing the media images of the aftermath in any of the countries, instead share a few photos of my last trip to Tunisia to celebrate the better times.

Thoughts go out to the families of those affected by all three of these violent tragedies.

Louise Acheson  - El Djem at sunrise, Tunisia

Louise Acheson – El Djem at sunrise, Tunisia

Louise Acheson- Sahara trek at dusk

Louise Acheson- Sahara trek at dusk

Louise Acheson - Sahara trek

Louise Acheson – Sahara trek

Louise Acheson - View from El Djem walls

Louise Acheson – View from El Djem walls

Louise Acheson-  Berber House

Louise Acheson- Berber House

Louise Acheson - The mountain oasis

Louise Acheson – The mountain oasis

Louise Acheson - Berber woman who welcomed us into her home and made us fresh bread

Louise Acheson – Berber woman who welcomed us into her home and made us fresh bread

 

 

Louise Acheson - Walls of El Djem

Louise Acheson – Walls of El Djem

Louise Acheson - View on the way to the oasis

Louise Acheson – View on the way to the oasis

Louise Acheson - Oasis, Tunisia

Louise Acheson – Oasis, Tunisia

Louise Acheson - Goat statue on the mountain

Louise Acheson – Goat statue on the mountain

Louise Acheson - Myself and Christine about to trek the sahara at dusk

Louise Acheson – Christine and I about to trek the Sahara at dusk

Louise Acheson - Sahara trek at sunset, Tunisia. I love this place.

Louise Acheson – Sahara trek at sunset, Tunisia. I love this place.

Sources

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/26/africa/tunisia-terror-attack/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33287978

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