See the Message of Peace This 9-Year-Old Boston Bombing Survivor Sent to Paris (PHOTO)

The Paris attacks last Friday sent shockwaves across the world, but a Facebook message to Paris from a child survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing is a shattering reminder of these terrorist incidents' most vulnerable victims -- our children.


Jane Richards lost a leg in the Boston bombing, and her 8-year-old brother, Martin, was brutally killed. Following his death, a photo of the little boy holding a sign that read "No more hurting people. Peace" became a symbol for the innocence lost that day.

Now, faced with yet another devastating attack, Jane, who is now 9 years old, mourned the world's mounting losses to violence and terrorism by recreating her brother Martin's sign, this time in French for the people of Paris. Here's the post, shared by the Martin Richard Foundation.

To Paris. With love, from Jane. #NoMoreHurtingPeoplePeace

Posted by Martin Richard Foundation on Saturday, November 14, 2015

The post has understandably gone viral. The words are stark and powerful at a time when only the simplest emotions make sense: sadness, fear, rage. There's even a hashtag #NoMoreHurtingPeoplePeace that people have rallied around in solidarity with Paris.

Here's a side-by-side photo Martin holding a sign for peace that went viral after he was killed and Jane's translation of her brother's enduring message. 

Jane Richard's brother Martin was killed in the Boston Marathon Bombing. She's sharing his famous message to the people of France. #NoMoreHurtingPeoplePeace

Posted by WCVB Channel 5 Boston on Saturday, November 14, 2015

And while the gesture is so precious it makes your heart ache, thinking of our children coping with tragedy on such a massive scale with such breathtaking regularity is more than enough to overtake all grief with blinding anger.

Why aren't we doing better for our children? How can it be acceptable to leave them a world where the most mundane of activities can end in rivers of bloodshed? From waiting at the finish line of a marathon to attending a Friday night rock concert, nowhere is safe. It's infuriating, and the problems creating the violence seem so unfathomably huge and complicated that even our most competent diplomats seem out of options to pursue beyond more bombings and violence. When does it stop?

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And while Jane and other children beg for peace, the world seems to spiral ever toward violence and war. We want to promise them they will be safe. But we can't. No one can.

For now, all we can do is wait until we wear ourselves out with anger and remember those we've lost and try to replace the rage with love. All of which we send to Paris and to Jane and all the children of the world who deserve better than this.


Image via Jay Buangan/Flickr

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