The terror in Stockholm

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It’s about 2 hours since a truck was ran into a crowd in central Stockholm, Sweden. 2 hours ago, my biggest concern was when I was going to leave my client to head to my office to interview a possible developer. My office is 5 minutes away from the site of the attack. I walk past the site about half the time I leave the office. I might have gone past it on my way to the interview.

Luckily for me, we had scheduled the interview at 17:30. Luckily for me, all my friends in the city seem to be ok.

At least 3 other human beings were not so lucky; there are 3 confirmed deaths, and around 8 injured.

I’m staying at the clients office for now. Some people are staying, but most have left, trying to get to their families. All subway traffic and commuter trains are stopped. I have heard that people are opening their homes to people stuck in the city – a piece of human decency in the fear and confusion.

I have no insights to offer. The only thing I can say, to whomever reads this, is: Stand strong. Stand together. They people behind this want us to be afraid. They want us to lash out, and give in to irrationality and terror. We must be better than that! If you are in the area, take care. If you can help, please do. And whomever you are, wherever you are, give someone you care about a hug. Life is so very, very fragile.

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