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Family of 7-year-old boy killed in attack fundraise for injured mother

The family of Julian Cadman who was killed in the terror attack on Las Ramblas are facing huge medical bills to pay for the ongoing care of his injured mother whose insurance "doesn’t cover terrorist attacks”.

Family of 7-year-old boy killed in attack fundraise for injured mother

An online fundraising account for the Sydney family had already raised A$132,000 (€88,000) in donations from strangers by Tuesday lunchtime after it was set up by friends to help the grieving family.

Seven-year-old Julian was killed by the van on Las Ramblas in the attack last Thursday while his mother, Jom, was knocked down and suffered multiple fractures in both legs.

READ MORE: Police confirm death of 7-yr-old Julian Cadman

The Go-fund me crowdfunding page, explains: “Andrew, Jom and Julian are a normal Aussie family whose lives have been devastated by the recent tragedy in Barcelona.

“Like all families they are paying a mortgage, bills and other sundries.  As you can imagine there will be ongoing medical costs to get Jom back to full health.  

“Many people have been asking how they may support the family at this time.  We are asking for any contribution for those that may wish to help.  This will assist with additional medical and funeral costs for the family.  We thank you greatly for any support you may offer.”

Scott Bowman, a close friend and employer of Julian's father, who is a carpenter, started the crowdfunding on behalf of the devastated parents.

He told the Australia Daily Telegraph : “The concern we have got at the moment is their travel insurance might not cover acts of terrorism and Jom is going to have ongoing medical expenses.”

He said she may have to endure years of operations.

The heartbroken family paid tribute to the little boy, who was born in the UK and had both Australian and British nationality.

In a statement issued after his death was confirmed by Spanish authorities, the family said:

“Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family.

“As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us.

“He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces.

“We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.”

The family said it wanted to thank all those who helped searching for Julian.

“Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time,” they added.

“We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected.

“We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to give us the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye.”

ENVIRONMENT

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?

Around 10,000 people demonstrated against the expansion of the El Prat airport in Barcelona on Sunday.

Why has the expansion of Barcelona airport prompted mass protests?
People march during a demonstration against the expansion of the Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo: Pau BARRENA / AFP

Several ecological and agricultural organisations, have demanded that the expansion be stopped due to the fact nearby wetlands and farms would have to be destroyed.

The demonstration took place on Calle Tarragona in the Catalan capital between Plaça d’Espanya and Plaça dels Països Catalans.

The protests still took place, even though last week, Spain suspended the €1.7 billion airport expansion project, citing differences with the Catalan government, after president Pere Aragonès said he wanted to avoid destroying La Ricarda lagoon, a natural reserve next to the airport. 

Environmentalists decided not to call off the march, in case plans for the airport expansion still went ahead.

READ ALSO: Six things you need to know about Barcelona airport’s €1.7 billion planned expansion

Political representatives from ERC, En Comú Podem and the CUP also attended, as well as the leader of Más País, Íñigo Errejón; the Deputy Mayor for Ecology of the Barcelona City Council, Janet Sanz, and the Mayor of El Prat de Llobregat, Lluís Mijoler.

People from neighbourhoods across the city marched towards Calle Tarragona and could be seen holding placards that read Nature yes, airport no and shouting slogans such as “More courgettes and fewer planes” and “Fighting for the climate, health, and life”. 

One of the largest groups of people were those from El Prat de Llobregat, the municipality which is home to the airport, who were led by tractors. 

People march during a demonstration against the expansion of Barcelona-El Prat airport. Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP

In addition to protesting against the expansion of the El Prat airport, people were also demonstrating against the Winter Olympic Games in the Pyrenees and extensions to airports in Mallorca and Madrid. 

A representative of Zeroport, Sara Mingorría said “We are here to defend not only La Ricarda, but the entire Delta”. 

The philosopher Marina Garcés also argued that the expansion of the airport would mean “more borders, more mass tourism, more control and more precarious jobs.” 

The leader of the commons in the Catalan parliament, Jéssica Albiach, who also attended the protest, asked the PSOE for “coherence”: “You cannot be passing a law against climate change and, at the same time, defend the interests of Aena [the airport operations company]”, she said. 

She also urged the leader of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to “definitely say no. 

If the airport expansion in Barcelona goes ahead, environmentalists say that CO2 emissions would rise by a minimum of 33 percent. These levels would surpass the limits set by the Catalan government’s climate targets.

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