Victims of bombings in Iraq honoured with candlelight vigil in Windsor
A few hundred people honoured victims of Saturday's bomb blast in Baghdad with a candlelight vigil along Riverside Drive in Windsor, Ont., Tuesday night.
A Facebook page promoting the event made one thing very clear: "This is NOT a political nor is it a religious event," the Facebook page read.
It was supposed to be a chance to stand with the victims.
Ahmed Al-Rumaithi, one of the organizers, said the vigil was a chance to take a stand and say "no" to violence and fear.
"Here, we have Christians, we have Muslims. You have the refugees that just came a couple months ago [and] Iraqis from different backgrounds. We all gather up," he said. "We're all brothers in humanity. We should all stand together. It doesn't matter where you're from, ethnicity, background, colour, whatever, we're all one."
To Al-Rumaithi's point, one sign in particular read "We pray for our world."
Sunday's bombing in Baghdad is believed to have killed at least 250 people.
A refrigerator truck packed with explosives blew up on in the central shopping district of Karrada on Saturday, when people were out celebrating the holy month of Ramadan.
"You just remember those that lost their lives," Al-Rumaithi said. "They were living a normal life. They were buying gifts for their kids for their holidays but unfortunately it didn't work out that way."