Survivors of Madrid train bombing struggle with effects 10 years later

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 6:01am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 March, 2014, 7:32am

Ten years after living through the horror of the Madrid train bombings, which she blames for a miscarriage, Adeniria Moreira says she thinks of her unborn baby every day and struggles to leave her home.

She had just boarded a train at El Pozo, the hardest-hit of the four Madrid rail stations struck by backpack bombs filled with dynamite and shrapnel, when it was ripped apart by an explosion.

"There were body parts everywhere, an arm over here, a head over there," said Moreira, 48.

"There were people with blood coming out of their noses, out of their mouths. There were people without any clothes, who had no shoes."

A decade on, many survivors like Moreira continue to struggle with the psychological trauma of their ordeal.

"I can go weeks and weeks without leaving home," said Moreira, a nurse's aide by training who moved to Spain from Brazil 16 years ago.

She was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after the attacks and now takes pills for anxiety and depression.

"I can't walk between two parked cars, I'm afraid that there is a bomb inside and there will be an explosion."

Eloy Moran, who lost vision in his left eye and hearing in both ears in the attacks, also had to stop working after the bombings.

He suffered serious head injuries when an explosion struck the train he was on.

"I felt unbearable pressure in my head, like it was going to explode like a balloon," said Moran, who is 65.