Love letters to Paris and Beirut

By Kelly Jirsa

A message is written on a statue near the scene of a shooting the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris
Street artists and activists from Avaaz are bringing messages of solidarity from around the world to France and Lebanon in the aftermath of the deadly attacks that took place on November 12 and 13.

Avaaz, an online community and social movement campaign platform, is asking people from around the world to leave messages of ‘solidarity and love’ on their website. They are then delivering those messages by transcribing and posting them up in large print on prominent public spaces across Paris and Beirut.

“Let’s be a community that projects a beacon of light and proves that fear and division won’t win out” – Avaaz

 

The attacks in which 130 Parisians and 43 Beirutians were killed have had a devastating effect on the local communities. The people of Paris and Beirut who are still in mourning welcome the posts of peace that lets them know that the world is with them.

The service is giving people from around the world an unprecedented opportunity to express their support and care from far away. The response is one of awe and appreciation, as Paris and Beirut are kept aware that they are not alone with more and more posts arriving daily.

Avaaz are still accepting messages through their ‘The World Stands as One’ campaign. You can also read messages left by citizens from all corners of the world in real-time.

 

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