UNITED SIKHS Spreads Love in Paris
UNITED SIKHS volunteer Dharmvir Singh serving hot tea to mourners in Paris.
Paris, France--Paris, known as the City of Love, is still reeling from shock after a series of bombings and armed attacks that shook the city on November 13th, 2015, and claimed 130 lives. On the heels of the attacks, the UNITED SIKHS team arrived in France to represent the Sikh community alongside thousands of mourners at Le Republique (Parisian square) during a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims. The first Sikh teacher, Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, raised his voice against all acts of senseless violence. We gathered in Paris to carry his message of peace.
"Although France has removed our turbans on our ID cards, we as Sikhs wanted to stand in solidarity with France, at this time of need," said Sun Kaur of UNITED SIKHS UK (second from left). France enforces strict laws against wearing religious articles, including turbans.
Volunteers gathered holding a #PrayForParis banner and chanted Vaheguru Simran (recitations of the name of God), whilst walking round Le Republique square, praying for peace--not only in France, but throughout the world. You may view more pictures here. Click here to watch a video.
Whilst mourners were remembering those who lost their lives in cold temperatures, UNITED SIKHS provided them with warmth with cups of cha (Panjabi tea). Volunteer Inderjit Singh travelled from the United Kingdom to serve cha for the day. While handing out tea, a French citizen approached him. "Wow," he said. "You are a Sikh from the United Kingdom, and are here to serve us tea." He then hugged him and shook his hand. Click here to watch a video.
On November 21, ten UNITED SIKHS volunteers donated blood at L' Avicenne Hospital. Hospital staff were grateful to the Sikhs who offered their support during a time of great need.
UNITED SIKHS volunteer Balbir Singh donating blood to victims injured in the attacks.
We at UNITED SIKHS extend our utmost gratitude to the people of Paris for allowing us to serve during their time of need. The representation of Sikh Americans during such times holds great significance to a community who has faced appalling acts of hate and violence in a post-9/11 world. Donate to help us continue working towards a safer and more tolerant society.
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Mejindarpal Kaur
International Legal Director, UNITED SIKHS
E: law-global@unitedsikhs.org

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