The terrorist attacks that took place in Paris recently have understandably left many kids feeling anxious and overwhelmed. A lot of those feelings often come from not having answers to some of the questions running through your head. So we’re going to try to help. This week we asked a class of kids what they wanted to know about what happened in Paris. And we gave Matt the job of working out all the answers. Take a look.
Images like this have brought the world together, monuments lit up in blue, white, and red, the colours of the French flag. And people everywhere, showing their support for those affected by the attacks in Paris.
But despite this good will, attacks like this can still be scary and confusing to think about, so it’s natural to have some questions about what’s going on and why.
KID: What does ISIL want to achieve?
Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh is an extremist group that’s threatened to harm anyone who doesn’t agree with its views. The group has fought to take over parts of Syria and Iraq and wants to make a new country. The UN says ISIS has already killed or injured tens of thousands of people trying to make that happen.
KID: Why would Islamic State kill so many innocent people?
We don’t know for sure why Islamic State targeted Paris. In fact, around the same time it also carried off a big attack in Lebanon too. But ISIS says the Paris attacks were revenge for the French bombing it in Syria.
KID: Where and when did ISIL originate from?
Officially it formed in 2013, but it actually stretches back more than two decades. And for a while was part of another extremist group, Al Qaeda which was responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America back in 2001.
KID: Is Australia going to be next?
Well, right now, Australia’s threat level is high, which means experts say an attack could happen here. But it’s worth remembering that Australia has heaps of specialist agencies, and lots of clever people like intelligence officers and counter-terrorism police working around to the clock to stop that from happening.
MALCOLM TURNBULL, PRIME MINISTER: Australians can be assured we have the best security agencies – they are monitoring the situation and seeking to protect Australians at home and so far as we can abroad.
And despite what happened in Paris, attacks on Western countries are still pretty rare. That’s one of the reasons why they make such big news stories when they happen.
KID: Is there anything we can do to help?
Finding a way to help after an event like this can be really hard. But one thing you can do is add your voice to all of the others standing against these terrorist attacks. Millions of people around the world, including many Islamic leaders, have spoken out against ISIS. Because they say the extremist group doesn’t represent the teachings and beliefs of Islam. So they want all people, Muslims and non-Muslims, to stand together against them.
You can also share messages of support to those that have already lost so much, just like these guys did.
KID 1: May peace be with your nation.
KID 2: Hope is with you.
KID 3: We send our prayers.
KID 4: Stay Strong.
KID 5: Pray for the families of Paris.
KID 6: We still stand by you.
KID 7: Don’t give up.
KID 8: We’re all behind you.
And if you’d like to leave your message of support for the people of Paris please go to our website to find out how.
Questions for discussion
Questions about Paris
1. Discuss the issues raised in the BtN story as a class.
2. What do you know about the attacks that happened in Paris recently?
3. How have countries around the world paid tribute?
4. Choose a question from the BtN story and respond to it.
5. What question/s do you have about what happened in Paris?
6. What message would you send to the people of Paris?
7. How did this story make you feel?
8. What do you understand more clearly since watching the BtN story?