Sunday, 11 September 2011

Ten Years On

I don't know about you, but I keep asking myself how it can be ten years since the awful day that was 9/11. The decade seems to have vanished in no time at all and nothing really has changed. Conflicts continue: the innocent carry on suffering and the brave put their lives on the line.

The New York Skyline on the 8th anniversary of 9/11 in September 2008. Source: Time US

When I recently visited the Imperial War Museum I looked at the projected images of Francesc Torre's photographs of objects and debris cleared from the site of the World Trade Centre. These are shown next to a two metre piece of rusted steel which is one of the first objects from Ground Zero to be displayed in the UK (this will move to the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester in October).

The images were of a mixture of objects - rubble and twisted iron were shown next to files, business cards and items from the many shops in the WTC. There were scarfs still displayed on shop dummies and spectacle frames from an optician's shop that still had the plastic lenses intact. It really saddened me to see these near-perfect objects and wonder how they managed to survive when so many people lost their lives.

The image which left its impact on me the most was of a rag doll of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I just couldn't help but think that on that day ten years ago there were so many people who must have wished they could have clicked their heels together three times and said 'I Want To Go Home'. The potent irony of this black and white picture left me with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I don't suppose any of us will ever forget that day.


  1. I will never forget getting the call from my husband - "are you watching tv?" "no, just getting up" "We are under terrorist attack!"

    You are right, Jo, it never ends. Somewhere, right now, somebody is dealing with the pain and horror of crazy people who don't value human life. Thank goodness for the good people in every culture and country who stand up for dignity and freedom.

  2. Really sensitive, beautiful