Stand as one with Paris
A series of coordinated terrorist attacks ripped through Paris on Friday November 13. The shootings and explosions targeted multiple locations, killing at least 129 people and injuring more than 300. At least eight attackers were involved, operating in three separate groups. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in response to insults of Islam’s prophet and air strikes in IS territory.
On the Thursday, suicide bombers from the Islamic State set off explosives in Beirut, Lebanon killing 45 people. The suicide bombings hit a community centre and a nearby bakery in a crowded commercial and residential area in Beirut’s southern suburbs. The area is a seen as a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group.
There are too many of us who know what it means to have terrorism touch our lives, our loved ones, our sense of connection with the people around us. Today, France and Lebanon are in the midst of that fog of tragedy.
“It is at this time of darkness that our community’s weave of love can be most powerful. Let’s join hands today to embrace our brothers and sisters in France, Lebanon and across the world that are mourning, and show that our movement stands tall against this hate and commits to continue raising our voice for everything we love.” – Avaaz
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How you can help
These attacks were designed to shake the very foundations of all our societies. They are an assault on our shared humanity, and our tolerance, liberty and respect — the values that underpin the world our movement was built to create. Let’s be a community that projects a beacon of light and proves that fear and division won’t win out. Post a message of solidarity and love. Avaaz staff in Paris and Beirut will transcribe them and deliver them to public locations across both cities to say ‘Nous Sommes Unis’ — ‘We are One’.