INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Jean Minka said he’s been trying to reach some of his friends and family back in Paris to make sure they’re safe since Friday. He hasn’t heard back from everyone, and for now, he’s praying for Paris.
Some of his neighbors here in Indianapolis are helping him out with that.
Minka, who grew up in Paris, collected signatures at a rally over the weekend from people on Monument Circle. They signed a sheet reading “Nuos Vaincrons,” which translates in English to “we shall overcome.”
Minka said he’s mailing a copy of the sheet to his siblings, who still live back in Paris. He knows they’re safe, but Minka still has some questions.
“I have cousins and nephews all around the Paris area and some of them don’t respond to the phone right away, so we have to wait and make sure everyone is fine,” Minka said.
According to Minka, the attack isn’t just against Paris; it’s an attack against freedom. And now, Minka said, some people in France are asking, “where do we go from here?”
“I don’t think it’s going to change much in how people think and how people carry themselves when we go out,” Minka said.
The attacks did change some things across the wolrd. Minka said he is seeing the French flag more than usual, including right here in Indianapolis.
“In situations like this, we can realize that we really are one,” Minka said.