7 Cities That Defy Terrorism
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life." -Sir. Winston Churchill"
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Sderot, Israel. Population 24,000.
Sderot is located one kilometer from the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip.
Over the last ten years Sderot has been a front-line target for Palestinian terrorist factions. Over 4,200 rockets have been launched into the village in that time.
The rockets are unguided and typically strike domestic, non-military targets.
Parts of the city has been evacuated multiple times by the Israeli government in times of intense attacks.
11 citizens of Sderot have perished by these indiscriminate rockets.
But the people of Sderot remain defiant and have found strong support in the international community.
The citizens of Sderot remain vibrant and children play amid the solders stationed there.
And they have even turned their bomb shelters into colorful works of art.
London, England. Population 8.174 million.
Londoners are no stranger to intimidation and terror.
London withstood a prolonged assault by the Nazis during the Blitz, with various estimates of the explosives dropped on the city ranging in the tens of thousands.
Each red dot on this map of downtown London represents a high-explosive bomb dropped between September 7th,1940 and May 21st, 1941.
Including one dropped right in front of the BuzzFeed London offices!
But even in the face of immense devastation, the citizens of London kept a "stiff upper lip."
Osama bin Laden's last terror plot was committed in London on the morning of July 7th, 2005.
But in spite of being the target of over 100 various terror plots in the last century, London remains a vibrant cultural melting pot.
Mumbai, India. Population 18.41 million.
Since 1993, Mumbai has been the victim of 9 mass terror bombings.
The bombings, have been committed by various terror organizations and have claimed the lives of over 500 people.
A massive, coordinated attack in 2008 conducted by a Pakistan-based militant organisation, killed 164 people and wounded at least 308.
But the people of Mumbai are vigilant against the terror.
To the dismay of those terror groups, Mumbai remains one of the fastest growing population and trade markets in the world.
New York City. Population 8.2 million
Terror attacks have claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 in New York over the last 20 years.
The city will never forget the losses and remains vigilant against further attacks.
But that does not stop the New York from building bigger, higher and stronger than ever.
"I'm gonna make a brand new start of it, In old New York"
Baghdad, Iraq. Population 7.216 million
Violence remains an every-day occurrence after 10 years of political upheaval and insurgency in Baghdad.
The city most recently suffered a deadly attack meant to deter Iraq's free elections, which took place successfully on the 20th of April.
Iraqi women courageously continue to use the rights granted them under the new Constitution.
Those include equal voting and education opportunities for both women and men in Iraq.
Along with the freedom to practice ones own religion.
And protections for artistic expression and speech.
Belfast, Northern Ireland. Population 281,000.
Belfast has been at the center of the Irish Independence movement since it's establishment as the the capitol of Northern Ireland in 1921.
Between the years of 1969 to 1998, Belfast was the stage for various episodes of sectarian conflict between its Catholic (Republican) and Protestant (Loyalist) populations.
In this time period nearly 1,500 people died in coordinated terrorist attacks.
And although small bouts of violence continue, Belfast as a city is currently experiencing a cultural renaissance of non-violence.
Boston, Massachusetts. Population 625,087.
The deadly bombing of Boston's beloved marathon led to incredible acts of selfless heroism and a city joining together to find those responsable.
With both suspects off the street, the city rejoiced with an outpouring of appreciation for law enforcement and generosity toward the victims families.
"This is our f***ing city and nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong.”