It was a day to celebrate a country’s independence. A country’s liberté, égalité and fraternité. A day to go out in the blazing sun, sing along to French tunes and get along with the rhythm of the fête as Bastille Day rolls on. A day that was transformed into a nightmare. A day whose scars will remain forever etched into human history.
A day after the attack, people flock to Promenade des Anglais to lay flowers for the dead. Families of victims deal with pain as they gather in their communities for a song and prayer. The French are united once again, by faith.
The Nice terror has been met with an outpouring of anger on social media. People around the world once again are filtering their Facebook photos with the colours of the French flag. ‘Je suis Nice’ trends online as the world reacts to another horror in France and prays for its people. Reporters from every news agency are updating us with the latest news through eye witnesses’ accounts and factual information.
One news report, though, that stood out the most is BBC’s James Longman’s coverage on the city of Nice as they come into terms with the attack in which 84 people lost their lives. Now, this is just one girl’s opinion, but Longman’s ability to speak to religious leaders in France and his multilingual reporting exude a greater level of understanding. Of sensitivity and of knowledge. We need more journalists like you!
I aspire to be like him one day.
Hats off to you, sir, and to BBC!
Click HERE to watch BBC’s James Longman’s coverage.
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