Brussels Airport And Metro Rocked By Explosions

The world woke up this morning to the terrifying news of聽two explosions at the聽Brussels鈥櫬燴aventem International Airport and another blast at the Maelbeek Metro Station. The Brussels bombings have left 34 or so dead and over 200 injured 鈥 and that鈥檚 not yet the final toll.聽The latest attacks are deeply reminiscent of the tragedy聽that occurred in Paris November 15 and in the midst of聽terror, brave Parisians opened their doors to help those in need with the hashtag #porteouverte. In the wake of today鈥檚 terrorist bombings, Belgians are also banding together on social media and in real life with the hashtag聽#ikwilhelpen, Dutch for 鈥淚 want to help.鈥

People are offering their homes to house those displaced by the chaos, their cars for those who are stranded and more. While watching others help one another is super heartwarming, there is something the rest of us outside of Belgium can do to help: STAY OFF聽the hashtag. This tag is intended to help those who are in need find local shelter, urgent transportation, Internet, etc. Unless you are physically located in the area and can help, it鈥檚 best to not use that hashtag and prevent聽saturating聽their feeds with our well-intentioned sentiments of support, but no immediate aid. In case you want to express solidarity for the people in Belgium and let them know your thoughts are with them, try using #jesuisbruxelles instead.

For many, simply tweeting doesn鈥檛 feel like enough. If you want to help the people of Brussels, you can send aid聽to the Red Cross of Belgium聽or another on-the-ground organization, the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Locals can also head to these locations to donate blood (the Red Cross is placing a priority on聽A Negative and O Negative blood types).

#JeSuisBruxelles.

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