HAVING survived the 7/7 attacks in London, Sajda Mughal OBE speaks from grim experience when she says The Sun-backed Run Hide Tell campaign could help save lives.
The former City worker dodged death in 2005 when Germaine Lindsay blew himself up on her Piccadilly Line train, killing 26.
Sajda now works to stop young people being drawn into extremism.
The mother of two says: “The recent wave of terrorist attacks has been very difficult for me.
Watching the news, particularly of the Parsons Green Tube attack, has been emotional.
“It took me back to July 7 — the explosion, injuries, screams, panic, the smoke suffocating us and believing we were going to die.”
She adds: “The Manchester bombing was devastating, seeing young people frantic and scared.”
Sajda, 34, helps with counter-terrorism projects at the JAN Trust community centre in North London and backs cops’ Run Hide Tell message for those who are caught up in an attack.
We teach kids how to cross the road…we must teach them how to survive terror too
7/7 survivor Sajada Mughal
She says: “We teach children how to cross the road safely and not to talk to strangers.
“We must also guide them in what to do in an attack — and that includes Run Hide Tell. We must take every precaution protecting young people.”
Our three-fingered emoji echoes police guidelines, right, for 11 to 16-year-olds.
Sajada’s support comes after The Sun helped to launch the campaign yesterday with
The Run Hide Tell message to anyone caught up in an atrocity comes from guidance from the Counter Terrorism Unit.
Together, we have created a three-fingered emoji to echo the simple police guidelines aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds.
The initiative is backed by celebrities and sports stars including England rugby flanker James Haskell, Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones, TV tough guy Ant Middleton, adventurer Bear Grylls and Leicester and England striker Jamie Vardy.
The NSPCC backs the campaign.
It has taken hundreds of calls from kids worried about terrorism.
THREE IS KEY
This is your best option. If there is a safe route RUN.
Insist others go with you but don’t let them slow you down.
Leave your belongings behind.
If you cannot RUN then HIDE. Be aware of your exits.
Try not to get trapped. Be very quiet and silence your phone.
If you can, barricade yourself in.
Dial 999 only when you are safe.
Give your location. Give the direction the attacker is moving in.
Describe the attacker.
Can you safely stop others from entering the area?
The charity’s John Cameron says: “Children are sometimes worried that if they talk to their parents about this, their mum and dad will become anxious.
“We also hear children say, ‘My parents don’t understand and when I try to tell them, they rubbish my concerns’.
“We tell parents to please listen to children’s worries, explain adults are aware of their concerns and have plans in place, including the Run Hide Tell message.”
Already this year, a so-called “lone wolf” attacker killed five and injured 49 in Westminster in March.
Then, on May 22, a bomb tore through the Manchester Arena after an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 — many of them children — and injuring 120.
People in London’s Borough Market were attacked a fortnight later when three knife-wielding jihadis left eight dead and 48 injured.
Muslim worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers were then targeted near Finsbury Park Mosque, North London. One man died and nine others were injured by a van.
Earlier this month, a bomb left on a District Line train detonated at Parsons Green station, injuring 29.
- YOU can call Childline on 0800 1111 or NSPCC’s adult helpline on 0808 800 5000.