Opening up

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Photo: Wayne Hawkins, The Age

The terrorist attack in Paris seems to have opened up our hearts in a way that other attacks rarely do. There has been a lot of talk about the fact that the attacks in Paris on Friday have received much more media attention and public outpouring of grief than similar events in Lebanon, Iraq and Kenya. It seems like the Western media can empathise more easily with victims of terrorism in Western countries. But I wonder if this moment is an opportunity to see that these kind of events are happening all the time. People are open to what has happened in Paris, and it could be an opportunity to open ourselves to what happened in Lebanon and Iraq at the same time; and in Kenya earlier in the year.

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