As we all know by now, Brussels experienced two major attacks at an airport and a subway station, leading to 31 deaths and over 300 injuries. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks. There have been raids taking place throughout Belgium in hopes to find some more information. People have started comparing the attacks to the attacks that took place in Paris back in November.
Like the Paris attacks, social media became a support system. People reposted images of the Belgium flag in different forms of art work on Instagram and shared their condolences in Facebook posts, tweets, and on other platforms. I couldn’t help, but to realize that it seems social media has become a platform for us to not just show off pictures, videos and a different side to ourselves, but to also show support for various causes. The #PrayForBrussels was trending just like the #PrayForParis was trending back in Novemeber. People have started to argue about the hashtags, claiming we should not only pray for Brussels, but the other countries not noted in the media for suffering from the attacks. This developed #PrayForTheWorld as a way of including everyone who may be affected by ISIS or other attacks.
Here are a couple of images being reposted on social media since the attacks in Brussels: