We would like to offer our sympathy to those affected by the recent string of terrorist attacks in Paris, where at least 128 people were killed by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
We are devastated by the news that innocent people have had their lives taken from them as a result of someone else’s belief system. At Developing Worlds Online, we believe in humanity, and do not believe that peace can come from violence.
As a result of the attacks, websites and social media have lit up with the hot topic of whether Syrian refugees should still be accepted across Europe, America, and Australasia. United States Republican Presidential candidate, Bobby Jindal’s reaction to the events was “It is time to close our borders and keep our people safe from these radical, evil terrorists”, and his statement was met with a wave of applause.
French Muslims now fear for their safety after the recent events, afraid that they will be punished for the actions of the terrorists. Islamophobia is an unfortunate outcome of terrorist attacks, if history is anything to go by, and only results in suffering.
Since Syria’s civil war, beginning in March 2011, 7.6 million people have been internally displaced, over 3 million have fled to the immediate surrounding countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, and 150,000 are seeking asylum in countries that are part of the European Union. Over 100,000 Syrians have been killed, including 30,000 children. It is important to remember that these people are victims just like the 128 people who died in Paris. All humans deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
If the attacks in Paris have taught us anything, it’s to act with compassion and not violence. Nations must work together to identify solutions to the world’s issues. We hope developed nations will continue to show support and compassion for the Syrian refugees and show strength in the face of terrorism.
Written by Fatma Ipek
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