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What Does It Look Like After A Terrorist Attack For Locals? A Lot Like This

Since late last week, when the first news of terror attacks in Beirut, Baghdad, and Paris surfaced, we’ve been glued to our televisions, refreshing websites in search of more information.

But what’s it like for those who live in these cities? Wandering the streets, mourning their fellow countrymen.

For one woman who lives in Paris’ 10th and 11th arrondissements, it was a sobering experience to venture out the day after more than 100 people were killed just blocks from her home. Here’s what she shared with us:

“I live on boulevard Beaumarchais which was used to create a field hospital for the people who were lucky enough to make it out of the Bataclan last night.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“The Bataclan is just a couple blocks from here. Another ten minutes and you’re at the square of Rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi where two restaurants and a laundromat were sprayed with bullets.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“Two minutes from there and you’re at Le Petit Cambodge and Le Carillon. Apart from the attack at the Stade de France, these attacks were focused on a small neighborhood, just a few blocks from the Charlie Hebdo offices.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“These places would have been packed with people last night. At Petit Cambodge, it’s all glass, with nowhere to hide.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“They made terrific food.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“[At] the Bataclan […] flowers and candles were mixed in with latex gloves and medical supplies. A pair of shoes was left in the middle of the street. There were tons of reporters but you thankfully cannot get close to the theater, where work is clearly ongoing. I’m not sure how you do that work.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“From there I went to the restaurants.”

According to one Redditor, this is the massive shield that the French police used to enter the Bataclan.

Jemma Lohr McPherson

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“The area had been cleaned but bullet holes were evident everywhere. Crowds were growing as the sun set. When I was there, the crowd was absolutely silent.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

Jemma Lohr McPherson

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“But this is not Paris.”

Jemma Lohr McPherson

“Paris is about liberty and champagne and music and togetherness.”

McPherson went on to say: “These are things that were apparently beyond the understanding of the terrorists. I’ll leave speculation about motives to the experts and just quote a wise woman: Paris is always a good idea. Be with the people you love. Resist extremism. Take care of yourself and the ones around you.”

Let’s all take a moment to remember those we’ve lost…

But also hold those you love tight, call someone you care about, live life a little more brightly for those who cannot any longer.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/after-terror/

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