Last night I sat, like most of the world, watching in horror at the events unfolding in Paris and hoping for the safety of all of the innocent people involved, silently devastated at each new loss.
My heart weeps for everyone affected by this heinous act of terrorism, for the destruction and loss.
I am not going to change my profile picture to have a filter of the French flag on it. Here’s why:
- The same day as the attacks in France, a bomb was detonated at a funeral in Baghdad. I didn’t hear about it until after the attack in Paris.
- The day before the attacks in France, over 40 people were killed in Beirut and over 200 were injured. I didn’t hear about it until after the attack in Paris.
- Mexico and Japan have both been hit by major earthquakes, I haven’t heard much at all about these incidents.
Every day more and more people are being killed by acts of terrorism, or huge natural disasters. Changing my profile picture in support of one country is not going to help this. That is why I pledge to donate to relief funds for each of the countries named above and to find out if there are any other ways I can help.
The refugee crisis is still a problem and they are not the cause of these incidents, this is exactly what they are trying to escape. If we block our borders, we’re forcing them to decide to either go back to the same hell we’ve just witnessed or to stay in camps not knowing their final destinations.
They may have different coloured skin, or speak a different language, but they are the same as you and me and they want to live in peace.
I stand with Paris. I stand with Beirut. I stand with Baghdad. I stand with Mexico. I stand with Japan.
I am human, we are one.