The world watched as Paris exploded.
Just 10 months after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine, Paris is in a state of emergency once more. On the night of November 13, 2015, a series of concentrated terrorist attacks by the infamous ISIS has claimed the lives of 129 people and the security of a nation.
While the people of Paris scrambled to restore order and take care of the injured, the rest of the world watched. Leaders of other nations pledged support and sent condolences. President Barack Obama has pledges solidarity to the war torn nation and condemned the act of terrorism as not just an act against Paris, but an act against humanity.
“We stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the people of France need to respond,” said Obama.
Hours after the attack the social media hashtag was born: #PrayForParis. Facebook released a temporary profile picture, allowing users to overlay their picture with the French flag. A flood of sympathies filled Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For a moment in time, the world was united with the French people in their hour of need.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement to Mormon Newsroom: “We pray for those affected, for their families and loved ones, for the leaders of nations and most especially for the people of France as they struggle to recover from the violence and loss they are feeling so deeply. We have directed that flags on Temple Square be flown at half staff, and that the French Flag be flown here as an expression of our love and support for them. In these hours of uncertainty and despair, we ask members of the Church everywhere to join with us in our prayer that the peace of the Savior Jesus Christ will provide comfort, healing, understanding and hope.”