EDINBURGH, Scotland – I’ve been to the Christmas market in Edinburgh several times in recent weeks.
It’s a festive, joyful place, full of tasty food, carnival rides, and holiday shops. I’ve seen families with young children, college kids on dates, groups of friends – it’s a place where everyone can enjoy the Christmas season.
My heart breaks for the victims of last night’s terrorist attack at Berlin’s Christmas market. To have a place of happiness and light transformed into a scene of death and destruction is awful.
I hope, however, that we won’t respond to this attack and others like it with fear.
The world can be more secure, but that security must not come at a cost of the things that make life worth living.
For my part, I’ll be going back to Edinburgh’s Christmas market later this week.
I will never stop believing in the power of hope, love, and joy – especially at Christmas.
Kiernan Majerus-Collins is a Senior Correspondent with Youth Journalism International.
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