On Saturday, we awoke to the Paris Terror Attack that made quick headlines in International TV stations, lives were taken and hundreds more injured across different areas of the most famous city in the world. Just like any human I was shocked not of the fact that ‘it was Paris’ but b ecause so many people had died.
Just a few days ago two suicide bombers attacked Beirut, Lebanon where 40 lives were taken, to Burundi’s Political unrest, to the women & children plus men fleeing Syria. Am left just like many of you to wonder what the world has become, where a fellow human shoots, slaughters or bombs another human because of some beliefs embedded in them!
Is it safe?
Honestly, is it ever safe these days to move about freely without fear of an attack? 21st September 2013, Shoppers at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya were attacked and several people died while going through their normal activities. Same with Beirut, Garissa and Paris; anyone anywhere can be attacked. No matter if you live in the most ‘war-stricken’ country, to the country with the highest security in place.
So what do you do?
A. Stay indoors
B. Live your life and pray
Over the past few days I have read news articles from the New York Times and one article caught my attention http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/16/world/middleeast/beirut-lebanon-attacks-paris. In brief, the article talks about how the Lebanese feel about the whole Paris Attack, especially after they suffered their own just a few days ago. One Lebanese blogger was angered by the Ignorance shown by the world
When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.
With many wondering why they didn’t have a Safety Check like Paris and a click option to overlay their pictures with the Lebanese flag. I mean, is it that we have already perceived Middle East countries as being a Terrorism ‘Hotbed’ or we only care about the famous countries in the world. Don’t get me wrong, am not saying I don’t stand with Paris, it’s that I stand with Beirut, Paris, Syria and Burundi too.
We should let peace permeate our souls and be some sort of cocoon that gives us hope for a better future. I admire @joannsfar’s art of encouraging people to stop to sympathizing with them and to continue the French spirit of love and happiness.
May peace be the saving grace of all humanity and also may we all remember to light a candle for every soul that left us …