Saturday, November 14, 2015

Peace for Paris, peace for the world

Last night after a long day of work, Damien and I ate dinner and then watched a show on Netflix. Afterwards, I read in bed for awhile while he watched another show (on Netflix) in the living room.

So no one was watching live TV, and I wasn't on the internet.

We cut the wifi before going to bed, like we usually do, and slept soundly—ignorant of what was unfolding on the other end of the country.

I woke up early in the morning to go to the bathroom.

I happened to glance at my phone after slipping back into bed, and saw a tweet from my brother asking "Are you safe?"

Half asleep, I tried to remember the last thing I'd tweeted. What was he referring to?
Oh well, I'll figure it out in the morning, I drowsily thought.

Damien got up and went to the bathroom then; I must have woken him up.

Then I noticed a new WhatsApp message too.

A friend had said: "Holy fuck. Stay safe over there"

That woke me up a little, and I wondered what the heck might have happened that would make people be genuinely worried of my safety. So I flipped on the wifi.

One second on The Guardian and I was quickly brought to speed.

And awake.

This is a good summary in English from the French newspaper Le Monde of what's known so far: What you need to know about Paris attacks and the situation in France.

I don't really have words yet, so I'll leave you with some words and images of others:

Update Nov. 19: I also recommend reading:

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