This past weekend the world was devastated by the horrific killings in Paris. France was plunged into darkness to mourn the victims while the rest of the world’s landmarks lit up with the French colors as a sign of solidarity. People opened up their homes to strangers stranded in Paris and there has been an outpouring of genuine love, sympathy and outrage on social media. Why did it take a tragedy to bring us closer? What is the point of all this suffering and pain? This could have happened to any one of us. When I heard about the Paris attacks I was sad and angry and my heart breaks for all the victims and their families. But like a lot of other people, I wonder why the bombings in Beirut and Baghdad which happened so recently are not given more than a passing headline? Are their lives not that important to have continuous global coverage? What about the the Syrian refugee problem? There doesn’t seem to be enough awareness on the seriousness of the situation. Only after the Paris bombings I started reading up on the problem in Syria which has been going on for years. Facebook came up with a French Flag overlay for people to change their display pics to support Paris.What about Beirut and Baghdad? How can we show them that we support them and are thinking about them too? That their lives matter. We should pray for Paris but we should also pray for Beirut and Baghdad. Most importantly we need to pray for the world which has become completely intolerant. An unexpected outcome of this terrible tragedy is that the world however diverse is united in its stand against terrorism and the atrocities committed to satisfy a twisted ideology. We need to show them that we cannot be broken and our voices will be heard. We cannot and should not lose our faith and hope as that is the intended outcome.