Saturday 10th June 2017, 6pm
Colham Avenue, Yiewsley UB7 8HF
On the 10th June 2017 the community of Yiewsley and West Drayton gathered together in Colham Avenue outside Yiewsley Baptist Church as a symbolic act of unity and a mark of respect for those who lost their lives in the tragic events that took place one week early on London Bridge and in Borough Market.
Standing Together in condemnation of violence and terror and in promoting hope and peace were Muslims and Christians, acknowledging differences and uniting in our common humanity.
Imam Mansur Ahmed, spoke of Islam as a peaceful religion, condemning the most recent attacks in London as well as those in Manchester and earlier in the year in Westminster. Local councillors representing both Labour and Conservative parties stood together and spoke of their sorrow for the victims and their families as well as the heroes of our community in the emergency services.
Revd. Richard Young (St Matthews Church, Yiewsley) spoke of the Bible’s message of hope and the assurance we can find in God.
It was good to see children joining in the vigil with two Muslim young people singing of the need to build bridges, to bring healing and of love for all and hatred for none.
The names of those places around the world which have suffered fatal terrorist attacks since June 3rd 2017 were read out including:
Baghdad (Iraq), Kismayo (Somalia), Melbourne (Australia), Kandahar (Afghanistan), Quetta (Pakistan), Kabul (Afghanistan), Tebessa (Algeria), Diyala (Iraq), Kashmir (India), Jalalabad (Afghanistan), Larbaa (Algeria), Hit (Iraq), Tillaberi (Niger), Diyala (Iraq), Timbuktu (Mali), Al Bawiti (Egypt)
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