United We Stand; or do we?

Ankara: a city located at the heart of Turkey, packed to the brim with history, bustling nightlife, and traditional markets.

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On 10th October 2015 at 10:04 local time, two bombs were detonated outside the Ankara Central train station. The death toll exceeded 100 and a further 400 people were injured.

On 17th February 2016, another attack targeted a convoy of shuttles, carrying both civilian and military personnel. At least 30 people died and 60 were injured in the bombing.

Only a few weeks ago, terrorists struck again. On 13th March 2016 at 18:35 local time, a car laden with explosives was used to target buses carrying civilians. 35 people were killed, while over 140 more people were injured in the bombing.

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According to the media, no words could be found to describe these appalling attacks. While the terror strike on Paris invoked worldwide unity, the bombings in Ankara barely left a mark on the Western world.

And Turkey are not alone in facing this discrimination.

Recent bombings of a Russian Airliner over the Sinai Peninsula killed 200 people, and  in Beirut, Lebanon, where 40 people were killed, were both overshadowed by the tragic events in Paris.

Yesterday’s bombings in Brussels were the final straw. Across Europe, as had been done for Paris, monuments were illuminated in the colours of the Belgian flag.

Why did no country raise the Turkish flag after the atrocities in Ankara?

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It’s time that the Western world faced up to this hypocritical trend. We need to stand united, and offer sympathy to all victims.

Je suis Paris. Je suis Bruxelles. Ben Ankarayım.

I stand with the victims of all terrorist attacks, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.

And so should you.

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