My thoughts and wishes for Paris

by ChinaBambi

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It was a devastating day in Paris yesterday, my thoughts and best wishes go out to everyone effected.
At least 129 people were killed in six terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night.

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People near the Paris terror attacks can mark themselves as “safe” on Facebook using a feature launched last year.

If you want to let your Facebook friends know that you’re okay, you can visit Facebook’s “Safety Check for Paris Terror Attacks” page. If you mark yourself as safe, friends will receive a notification.

Facebook prompts individuals to use the feature if location data from a phone or other device indicates they’re in the area, according to the company’s Safety Check page.

The Safety Check page also displays a list of friends who are in Paris, so you can see at a glance if you know anyone who might be in the area affected by the attacks.

According to Forbes, Facebook began developing the safety check feature after seeing how people used social media in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The happiest place on earth was closed.. “Disneyland Paris closed to the public for the first time since 1992.”

One thing that has really been highlighted during this event is the effect it has had to peoples views of Muslims and the fact you can’t band them all together.. I hope people realise this before blaming innocent people.

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Paris: #MuslimsAreNotTerrorist starts trending on Twitter after attacks

Muslims around the world are fighting back against anti-Islamic prejudice in the wake of the attacks in Paris

The hashtag was in response to the attackers and to those who had taken to twitter to condemn all Muslims and brand the religion as evil, after a night of terror in the French capital.

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Facebook is awash with the colours of the French flag after enabling a function which lets users put a tricolour filter on their profile pictures to show solidarity with Paris.

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Lots of love Paris.. x

Ways to help:

If you’re in Paris, you can donate blood using this map or by using the mobile app.

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You can donate some money to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which directly supports the French Red Cross.

The French chapter of the aid organisation has hundreds of volunteers on the ground helping victims and their families.

The Secours Catholique-Caritas France is providing relief and often helps during times of crisis. Donate money or sign up to volunteer here.

If you can offer shelter or help to people nearby, tweet your location using the #PorteOuverte hashtag.

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