New study brings together figures and testimonies from Spanish terror attack survivors

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A NEW report has been released which sets out to document the situation facing the survivors of terror attacks in Spain.

Wounded and Forgotten- The Survivors of Terrorism in Spain is the first study of its kind to bring together statistics and testimonies from the victims of attacks.

There are currently 4,808 people who have survived terror attacks living in Spain, according to Interior Ministry data quoted in the study. Of those, 667 live with permanent injuries.

About 10 per cent of those injured are Guardia Civil officers, with 6 per cent National Police and 2.4 per cent soldiers.

A total of 2,597 of survivors were caught up in ETA attacks, with 1,833 victims of attacks related to jihadism.

Maria Jimenez, a co-author of the study, said many of the survivors had been left in the “ditch” of the history of terrorism.

“Not all of them are, as the rules for caring for victims have developed over time. In the 1960’s and 1970’s there was no such recognition of the condition of the wounded.

“But we must underline that administration for victims is not proactive,” Jimenez said. 

The study brought together data and interviews from the survivors of attacks by the Basque nationalist ETA, the militant leftist GRAPO, Islamic fundamentalists and attacks from the extreme right.

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