On March 11, 2004, ten bombs went off virtually simultaneously in trains carrying commuters into Madrid, Spain. One hundred and ninety people died in the attacks, with approximately 2,000 people wounded. These attacks were linked to an Al-Qaeda-inspired terrorist cell.
Three months after the attacks, this families organization, Asociacion 11-M Afectados del Terrorismo was created to insure that those affected by the bombings received necessary medical, psychological and legal support as they sought an honest examination about the causes and consequences of the attacks.
In the immediate aftermath of the bombings, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows offered its support to all of those who had been affected by this act of terrorism. And in 2005, Peaceful Tomorrows members Adele Welty, Karen Shea and David Potorti visited Madrid to meet with family members of those who had been killed and to participate in school speaking events around the release of the Spanish-language edition of the Peaceful Tomorrows book, Manana en Paz.
The Asociacion 11-M Afectados del Terrorismo is a member of the International Network for Peace which grew out of Peaceful Tomorrows’ International Conference held in 2006. Its vice president, Jesus April represented the group at the conference.