As the trial of those accused of the 2004 Madrid train bombings gets under way, victims and their families have been describing their feelings. The Director of the Association of Victims of the Madrid Train Bombings, Pilar Manjon is the mother of one of those killed. She said she was relieved the trial had at last begun.
“My legs are trembling,” she said. “I have butterflies in my stomach. At last, I will come face to face with the people who destroyed my life. We are the victims. They are butchers.” The trial has evoked bitter memories in Spain and many travelled to the courtroom in Madrid. ‘I want to know why,’ this man’s sign read. Yamila, a Muslim, admitted it was a difficult time for her. “I have to face the killers of my daughter,” she said.