With so many tragedies and injustices happening around the world, it’s important that we use our privilege to support those who need it the most. One crucial step would be to increase visibility — and Paris is showing solidarity with Aleppo by turning off the Eiffel Tower’s lights, honoring and mourning the lives lost amidst the devastation.
In case you’re not aware, the Syrian government and rebels have been engaged in a brutal and deadly conflict, and the ceasefire deal between them fell apart — leaving thousands upon thousands of Syrian citizens dead. When the situation turned for the worse, Aleppo activists used Twitter to write heartbreaking “goodbye” threads before they died.
In response to the violence, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo announced that the Eiffel Tower’s lights will be turned off at 8 p.m. local time on Wednesday to honor the Aleppo citizens who have lost their lives or were heavily affected by the violence.
Of course, this is just one way to show solidarity with the Aleppo citizens. Now more than ever, we need those with privilege to use their voices, connections, and donations to raise awareness and put pressure on elected officials to stop the violence. Resources and medical attention need to be given to the surviving Aleppo people, and those responsible need to be held accountable.
Here are some ways you can help from afar.