Every life matters - #PrayForPeace

I don't really know where to start with this, but in light of the horrific tragedies that have happened in the past few days, I need to address it. 

Obviously everybody is fully aware of the absolutely heartbreaking terror attacks that happened in Paris on Friday, but why is not everybody aware of all of the other events that happened on that day too? The entirety of my Facebook homepage last night was full of people changing their profile picture to the French flag colours and sharing the #PrayForParis image (myself included), but why is it only the Parisians that we seem to care about?

On the same day, there was an earthquake which triggered a tsunami in Japan and an earthquake in Baja California, Mexico; a day before there was another terrorist attack by ISIS in Beirut killing 43 and wounding 239 (for now), a terrorist attack in Baghdad by ISIL killing at least 26 and injuring 46; and in April there was a terrorist attack in Kenya killing 147 people. Why has the world not reacted to these awful events in the way we have reacted to the scenes in Paris?

I'm not saying in any way that we shouldn't be reacting to the horror in Paris as we are, instead, we should be reacting in this way to any event where people need us across the world. Have we reacted the way we have because Paris is close to home, making us fear that the next hit could be London? Is it because the Western world is more important than the Eastern/developing world to the media? Is it because nobody can stop earthquakes? Whatever the reason is, it's wrong. We need to look after the world, not just our neighbours. Also, why are there specific stories only on the death of British people? At the end of the day, it doesn't matter whether the people who have been murdered are British, Indian, Australian or anything in between, people are dead.

The world we live in terrifies me, but if there's one thing that we can all focus on is our humanity. These terrorists are inhuman. Whatever their reasoning is for their attacks, it's bullshit, they are simply sick in the head, inhuman skeletons covered in skin, that do not deserve to be called humans. If someone can murder a group of innocent children, women and men and then kill themselves in the process, you cannot call that a person or a human.

At the end of the day, we need to pray for the world, pray for humanity, not just for Paris.


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