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Last Night’s ‘Four Corners’ Was A Moving Insight Into The Lives Of Manchester Bombing Survivors

"It's kind of made me realise life is short."

Last night, ABC’s Four Corners aired interviews with teenage survivors of last May’s Manchester Bombings, where 23 people were killed during an terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

Filmed over months, Manchester Bomb: Our Story is a BBC documentary largely composed of to-camera interviews featuring concert goers in their bedrooms, detailing both their experiences of the May 23, 2017 concert and the subsequent months to come. Viewers are celebrating the episode for depicting their pain, strength and resilience.

The suicide bombing occurred at the concert’s end, after Grande had left the stage. In interviews, fans as young as 11 recount their experiences, describing how excited they were.

Erin, who was 10 at the time, still struggles to open up about the event — her mother said she “refuses” to talk about what happened. Others detailed the loss of friends and siblings.

Some, such as Amelia — who was 17 at the time of the attacks — detail how they now struggle with PTSD. Amelia’s finger was almost severed during the attack, and had shrapnel embedded in her skin for months after the attack.

She talks through her experience of the concert, saying it sounded like she was underwater, and a bright, hot light came towards her — at first, she thought she had been acid on her face. While recovering, she has postponed her studies, though she is optimistic about the future.

“It’s kind of made me realise life is short and I want to do stuff and I want to get out there,” she said.

Two weeks after the Manchester Bombings, Grande held One Love, a benefit concert which reportedly raised more than £17 million ($30,994,400) for victims of the attacks.

Grande’s recent album Sweetener indirectly references the attacks several times, most notably in lead single ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ and ‘Breathin”, a song about managing anxiety.

You can watch the full Four Corners episode here.