I spent a month studying abroad in Paris during the summer after my sophomore year of college, and I returned a few years later for my honeymoon. It's one of my favorite cities, and I was shocked to hear the news of the terrorist attacks on Friday night. I spent the rest of the night glued to the news, checking my Twitter feed for updates, and I even updated my Facebook profile photo to show my support for the victims and their families. I snuggled with Violet a little longer that night and I went to bed feeling sad about what happened and so incredibly grateful for the safety of my family.
It wasn't until late the next night when I saw the article-- "Let's pray for Beirut the same way we are praying for Paris" that I learned 40 people were killed and 200 were injured in two suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon the day before the Paris attack. The writer Elyane Youssef brought up a lot of good points. Why hadn't I heard about this attack on the news? -- I watch the news every day. Am I watching the wrong thing? Or does the media just choose to cover some tragedies more than others?
The events that took place in Paris were terrible. It absolutely breaks my heart to see so much violence in a city that I love so much. But it also makes me sad and angry that other victims of terrorist attacks do not receive the same kind of media attention. All victims of terror deserve support and prayers. Not to mention the ability to easily communicate that they are safe to friends and family. I really hope that in the future Facebook enables their Safety Check for ALL natural and human disasters. In the meantime, I admire Elyane's plead for peace -- "Let’s pray for the whole wide world, in fact. Let’s see each each other as equal human beings; not as different countries."