“It’s not just Paris we should pray for, it is the world.”
There was a deadly terrorist attack this week that killed dozens and maimed hundreds, and it didn’t take place in Paris.
ISIS suicide bombers detonated themselves in the southern part of Beirut last Thursday, killing 43 people and wounding 239.
Journalist Tamara Quiblawi described the aftermath of the previously bustling open-air market in the Bourj al-Barajneh district to CNN. “There’s a lot of shattered glass on the street, a lot of blood,” she said. “And it’s really just a scene of chaos and carnage.”
“He tackled him to the ground, causing the second suicide bomber to detonate,” says Beirut Elie Fares. “There are many many families, hundreds of families probably, who owe their completeness to his sacrifice.”
Termos was at the market with his young daughter. Neither of them survived.
Mainstream coverage of the Beirut attack has been sparse, pitifully dwarfing the current frenzy centering around Paris. Beirut has also failed to attract the kind of social media attention of the Paris attacks. This Google Trends graph says it all.
Indian blogger Karuna Ezara Parikh responded to this with a poem that has since gone viral:
“It’s not Paris we should pray for, it is the world,” she wrote. “It is a world in which Beirut, reeling from bombings … is not covered in the press. A world in which a bomb goes off at a funeral in Baghdad, and not one person’s status update says ‘Baghdad’ because not one white person died in that fire…”
Last July, over a hundred Egyptians were killed by ISIS attacks. Last month, a hundred morewere killed from a bombing in Ankara, Turkey. Then Beirut and now Paris. As President Obama said yesterday after the Paris attacks, “This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
President Obama did not make an official statement in response to the Beirut attacks.