Terrorist Strike Terror

Terrorist Strike Terror

Tyra Williams, Staff Writer

In the year of 2016 alone- so far there have been over 250 terrorist attacks injuring more than 500 people. The two most recent bombings include Brussels on March 22nd  and Pakistan on March 28th.

Brussels bombings included two bombs going off in Brussels Airport in Zaventem and one at Maalbeek metro station. 32 victims and three suicide bombers were killed by more than 300 people were injured.  ISIL claimed responsibility for the attacks. The bombings were the deadliest act of terrorism in Belgium’s history, leading the Belgium government declared three national days of mourning,

The Pakistan bombings happened in a park made Christian citizens on Easter Sunday.  According to CNN- due to the unexpected setting for the blast, there were an unusually high number of injured women and children. The blast was targeted for Christians.

Social media blew up with tweets like “#iwanttohelp” and “#JeSuisBruxells” after the bombings in Brussels- but the same amount of sympathy was not shown for Pakistan.

Young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzia who commented on the blast through a tweet brought the lack of social media awareness to attention. Other tweets that were aimed toward the lack of awareness came from Duncan Wright, a sports reported in London. Wrights tweet stated that he was not holding his breath in wait of the Eiffel Tower to be lit green and white and that there was a stunning lack of flags and hashtags to support the Lahore bombing.

No one is saying social media is the only way to bring awareness and show support- but the fact that the amount of tweets was so much lower than the amount that were displayed for Paris and Brussels is a bit disheartening