Refugee kids show support for victims of Brussels attacks (PHOTOS)
Three bombs at the city's Zaventem International Airport and Maelbeek metro station have reportedly killed at least 34 people and injured more than 180.
Striking photos show refugee children express messages of sorrow for Brussels on paper, cardboard and their own bodies.
Un niño refugiado en Idomeni: Sorry for Brussels.— Javi López (@fjavilopez) March 22, 2016
Ellos están huyendo de la misma violencia que hoy golpea Bruselas. pic.twitter.com/NcpApI9ATy
A boy holds a placard expressing sympathy for the victims of the Brussels attacks at a makeshift camp near Idomeni pic.twitter.com/t0X0Pa5q3p— AFP Photo Department (@AFPphoto) March 22, 2016
Many people have in turn offered their support to the refugee community in the face of hateful comments as the finger of blame is pointed at them from some Twitteratti.
I am a British Muslim whose family are mostly refugees. My thought are with #Brussels & gratitude to those who see terrorist are not us.— Nimco Ali (@NimkoAli) March 22, 2016
'Terrorists can do a lot of damage but they can only win if we blame three year old refugees for their actions. #Brussels— John (@linnyitssn) March 22, 2016
Always good, on days like this, to remind everyone that the guys blowing up Brussels are THE PEOPLE THE REFUGEES ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) March 22, 2016
Controversial British TV personality and columnist Katie Hopkins has come under fire after she took to Twitter to blame refugees and those who support them for the atrocities.
The tweet resulted in a social media backlash, including responses from a number of Belgian citizens.
I live in Brussels. Refugees still are and always will be welcome. You can't break us up. https://t.co/uF4xi1pYSB— dita (@toskaqa) March 22, 2016
#StopIslam is also trending on Twitter, however, many people have used the hashtag as an opportunity to condemn such islamophobia.