7/7 survivor, 13 years on

July 7, 2018 marked the thirteenth anniversary of the London Tube and bus bombings that killed 52 people and forever changed the lives of countless others.

Here, Liza Pulman, a singer who survived the Russell Square Tube bomb, tells her story to Richard Barber of the Daily Express.

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De Blasio fighting unlimited sick leave for EMTs, other city workers with 9/11-related illness

Retired EMT Jennifer Dougherty, 49, has World Trade Center-related ovarian cancer from her work at Fresh Kills Landfill after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She had to retire 5 years sooner than she planned to in order to keep her health benefits, reports Thomas Tracy for the New York Daily News. Her sick time ran out.

Police officers,  firefighters and NYC Sanitation workers have unlimited sick time for 9/11-related illnesses. Other recovery workers — including EMS workers — do not.

Legislation to grant other city workers who worked during the recovery effort the same benefit has been blocked by Mayor de Blasio’s legislative memo.

Benjamin Chevat, executive director of 9/11 Health Watch, told the News, “The mayors’ [sic] Albany representative has the audacity to say this should be part of a ‘contract negotiation’? Really? On 9/11 and the days after, these EMT’s didn’t stop and say, ‘Wait, hold on, maybe we should negotiate exposure to deadly toxins into our contract before going.’ They responded.”

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‘Abandoned’ survivors of terror attacks call for support network

Survivors of terrorist attacks, those who responded to terrorist attacks and those bereaved by terrorist attacks met in the UK on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 7/7 Tube and bus bombings to discuss international responses to trauma. People attended who were affected by attacks in London, Manchester, France, Boston, and Canada, reports Caroline Davies in the Guardian. 

Graham Foulkes, whose son David was killed in the 7/7 bombings, told the group, “This meeting is important because even though it is a few years now since 7/7, I have this overwhelming sense of abandonment. There isn’t any organisation that supports you continuously. I am not saying you need support on a daily basis, but there are times of the year when you just need to pick up the phone and speak to someone.”

Many attendees talked of initial sympathy and support, but said that support tended to stop at around the 18-month mark.

American Dave Fortier was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, spoke of the group he co-founded, One World Strong, which connects those affected by terrorism to one another “to make the world a little bit smaller and a little bit more caring for a whole lot of people”.

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