In the city streets, people pass by without making eye contact; so many unknown lives, lived close by.  In the news, we read of suffering and pass on; so many unknown lives, lived far away.

Sometimes the news hits hard, close to home.  In January, Place de la République filled with people connected in shared shock and sorrow, in response to murderous attacks in Paris.

Sometimes the news hits hard, close to the heart.  This week, shocking images have made people across Europe connect with the plight of refugees. Today in the Place, cardboard signs read Refugees Welcome.

Place de la République is one of the focal points of Paris.  Here people gather to protest, to show solidarity, to remember or to celebrate.  Its a place of connection.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”