After 9/11, terrorist attacks around the world escalated, and at the peak in 2014, more than 30,000 people globally were killed, according to the U.S. State Department and the Global Terrorism Database. But in 2015, there was a significant drop in the number of attacks and casualties, the groups say. Neither organization has recent figures, but preliminary statistics gathered by IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center show a global decline.
Each of the survivors who spoke to TIME had a different experience, but they all agreed on the need to keep living, even in the face of fear.
“Whatever happens, life is going to go on,” Kiyak says. “You live anyway. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
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