Mourning the Victims of Attacks in Beirut and Paris

On November 12th, two suicide bombers detonated explosives on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. In the deadliest attack on the city since 1990, at least 41 people died and hundreds were injured. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the heinous attacks.

Just one day later, extremists in Paris killed people at a soccer stadium, outside a cafe, and inside a concert hall in highly coordinated attacks. At least 129 people were killed and more than 350 injured. Like the Beirut attack, ISIS is taking responsibility.

As people all around the world offer an outpouring of support for the victims in Paris, it's important to remember the victims of Beirut, who have not received as much media attention, probably because they were in a Muslim country and are non-white and non-Western. It's important to ask who we see as worthy of our compassion, sympathy, and grief, why the tragedy in Beirut is being ignored, and why Muslim victims of ISIS are forgotten.

Families in Beirut and Paris are suffering right now. They will bury their loved ones and try to make sense of this horrific violence. Let's not forget them or the many other people who die every day from war and violence in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other nations but who never get mentioned in the news.

 Below are images that capture the collective mourning for victims in both Beirut and Paris. They remind us that grief often connects people and though our losses are personal, individual, and unique, the experience of loss itself is universal, as is the need to mourn the dead.

Parisians gathered on Rue de Charonne near where gunmen opened fire on a restaurant. Credit Pierre Terdjman for The New York Times

People lighting candles in Marseille to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks in Paris.Credit Jean-Paul Pelissier

Painting a mural in Paris.Credit Martin Bureau/Agence France-Presse

One World Trade Center's spire was also lit in the blue, white and red of the French flag.Credit Daniel Pierce Wright/Getty Images North America

Zahra Atat, second from right, mourns her husband, Adel Tormos, who had tried to stop the second bomber entering the Shia mosque. Photograph: STR/EPA

A woman mourns in Beirut. Joseph Eid. Getty Images

Hawraa Taleb weeps near her maternal cousin Haidar Mustafa, a three-year-old who was wounded in Thursday's twin suicide bombings AP Photo/Bilal Hussein

Beirut residents light candles during a vigil at the site of the two explosions that occurred on Thursday in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital Beirut, Credit: Hasan Shaaban/Reuters


Note: This article was also posted on my website, Maenad Magazine