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1:03 PM Imke Db 21 Comments



You might have noticed my absence from the beginning of the year on, but for the first time since I decided to start this blog, I was not feeling like writing about fashion, beauty or anything related. Did not want to share my #ootd, or my favourite dresses at the Golden Globe awards. For the first time my passion for everything of this world was fading, because it was and is being overshadowed by something so much bigger than that, that left a hole in my heart, and probably in many of yours too. 

As you know, I have been living in Paris for about a year now, and this city is where I feel at home, which has become my home. I do not only feel Belgian and Dutch, but also French, as this language surrounds me everyday, and I carry Paris in my heart. I was having lunch with my friends from school last Wednesday, and the horrible news of the terrorist attack at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo came in. We were all in a state of shock, and knew that this was something much bigger than a extreme reaction to satiric cartoons. On Friday, I was shopping with my friend at Lafayette, and then the news of the two hostages came in. Many people, innoncent people, were killed, for reasons that I cannot and do not want to comprehend. After this, I was sure France would never be the same again, that 2015 would be marked as a big black page in history books, a year that started in horror, shock and many innocent lifes taken. 

But France is a country so different from many others. I like being Belgian, but compared to what I saw yesterday on the Parisian streets, packed with people from so many different nationalities, ages, cultures, I have to conclude and admire how everyone was standing up for their rights, all together, tolerant of everyone, how the streets were fuller than I ever saw before, filled with positive people, chanting how they were not afraid, how our unison would defeat hate and terrorismn. One of the most beautiful things I saw was how a couple of police cars had to pass through the crowd, and how they were welcomed as the true heroes they are, everybody clapped, and the respectful atmosphere was one of the most impressive I have experienced so far. The look on the policemen's faces was incredible. 

At first when the news of the different attacks came in, and we experienced days of pure terror, I thought Paris would forever be a city of sorrow and sadness, and France would lose its nationalism it is so know for, but the Marche Republicaine yesterday proved the complete opposite. It made me believe in humankind, made me feel strong because I knew there were some many strong and brave people arround me, and that our nation is not entirly lost. Let it be love and freedom that conquers hate and racism, and let us spread the nationalism I felt yesterday spread through the entire European Union, and the world. Parce que nous sommes tous Charlie. 

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21 comments:

  1. Het is zo erg wat er is gebeurt, en zo dichtbij! Vooral omdat je er gewoond hebt.. hopelijk komt dit gewoon nooit meer voor! Ik snap niet dat mensen zo ver kunnen gaan voor hun geloof..

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    1. Bedankt voor je lieve bericht en je steun <3 Ik hoop ook echt van harte dat zoiets niet meer gebeurt...

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  2. What happened in Paris was truly heart-breaking. I was watching the events on the news as it unfolded, and it was so frightening the evil around us. :(
    Je suis Charlie....

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  3. I am so sorry about the situation in Paris, however, hope everything will be alright soon!

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  4. It is so sad to hear about the attack but if you see from a positive note, it brought together people who fight to express their free opinion and brought together people from all community to stand as one. Terrorism is something we abhor but we cannot ignore, people with weird brutal mentality but as long as people stand together I'm sure a day will come in the future where love defeats these wars! Hope so!
    Xx,
    Nilu Yuleena
    BIG hair LOUD mouth

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    1. You are most certainly right sweetie, I completely agree! I cross my fingers that love will always defeat war, all of this is not worth fighting over... <3

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  5. it is really heart warming to see those protests and the courage of everyone involved to love with open hearts everyone and to understand the victims....this is a wonderful post and message...

    and I agree we're all Charlie. Freedom of speech is a great treasure and we must each struggle in our own way to make this world more tolerant.

    http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  6. I'm so sorry for this situation in Paris :(

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  7. Its really awful!! I've seen this in the news and I'm shoked!

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  8. really terrible tragedy. It's really awful when people justify reckless violence with religion and honor :s these extremists are the scum of the earth

    http://www.pinkoolaid.com/

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  9. Wauw wat moet jij het intens beleefd hebben. Ik was al in shock, maar als je echt in Parijs bent terwijl het gebeurt, dat moet iets met je doen. Ik vind het mooi om te horen en ook om te zien op tv hoe de Fransen samen opstaan voor vrijheid van meningsuiting.

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    1. Het was inderdaad echt een grote shock.. Gelukkig is het tij hier weer gekeerd, de lugubere sfeer die hier in Parijs hing de afgelopen weken was allesbehalve fijn... Het was inderdaad heel erg mooi te zien hoe iedereen samen opstond tegen het terrorisme, zo mooi! <3

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  10. So sad...

    xx

    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  11. Ik kreeg serieus kippenvel toen ik dit las. Natuurlijk heb ik er al veel over gehoord, maar het is toch heel anders om het te horen van iemand die er zo dicht bij heeft gestaan. Het is vreselijk wat er is gebeurd, maar zo prachtig (ook al is dat misschien een ietwat raar woord in deze context) hoe iedereen er mee omgaat. Ik hoop dat iedereen er goed bij stilstaat; gebeurtenissen als dit kunnen echt niet.

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    1. Ik snap volledig wat je bedoelt! Prachtig is niet raar om het uit te drukken, voor mij was de Marche Republicaine dat gewoon, iedereen was vriendelijk en positief, iedereen sprak tegen iedereen, iedereen was gelijk, en open, iets wat je anders niet ziet in een over het algemeen tamelijk gesloten grootstad als Parijs!

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  12. I too was so saddened by the horrific tragedies that took place in France, a place I truly love and have spent so many wonderful moments in. The solidarity that was shown in Paris was so poignant and something amazing to come out of something so traumatic. <3

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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  13. written very beautiful :)
    lets follow eachother! just let me know and I will follow back :)

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