Friday, the 13th November, 2015 brought an unfortunate incident in Paris, France when thousands of Paris residents and tourists were enjoying a soccer match between France and world champion Germany, horror struck in an unprecedented manner. Terrorists – some with AK 47, some reportedly with bombs strapped to them – attacked sites throughout the French capital and at the stadium where the soccer match was underway.
Scores were killed in the coordinated attacks, leaving a nation in mourning and the world in shock. The horrible attacks left over more than 160 deaths and dozens of injured.
French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency across France and ordered the country’s borders closed soon after the deadliest violence to strike in the country in decades. Several metro lines have already been closed too.
Meanwhile, it was heartwarming that after such a terrible tragedy that people are banding together to help strangers in need. Some twitter users in Paris and the United States began using the hash tags #StrandInUs and #PorteOuverte, or “open door”, to offer their homes to strangers who are stranded and in need of shelter.
The hashtag was intended to link people who are stranded in Parish with a safe place to wait out the ongoing security issues in Paris, but it’s now become overrun with sentimental messages. The hash tag#prayersforParis was also being used to send messages of support.
Also, Taxi meters were shut down to rescue the injured and victims of horrible attacks. Many people risked their lives to save the fellow citizens too.
Other social media sites are also being used by local residents to share information or tell friends and family they are safe. Facebook issued a safety check under the label Paris Terror Attacks. Users were also able to check in and let contacts know they were safe. Also, the whole world lit up their landmarks to show solidarity and support for Paris.
These examples of sheer compassion and humanity in such a dire situation are a proof of how the world will not fall part against terrorism. The Logical Pakistani thinks that terrorist may be able to kill people but they cannot kill the urge of peaceful people to fight against terrorism.
Parisians, we, the Pakistanis are with you. Stay strong! Your pain is our pain. We understand that pain!