JAINA Statement on Boston Explosion
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A Call to Help after the Boston
Boston, MA, April 16, 2013 – The Federation of Jain Associations
in North America (JAINA) joins Americans of all backgrounds in expressing our
profound condolences and sympathies to the people of Boston and participants in
the Boston Marathon after the horrific bombings that killed and injured so many
people on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their
families, and all those who came from 97 countries to participate in the
Marathon. Such senseless violence must
be condemned as a crime against humanity. As Jains, we believe that if anyone
kills one person, it is as if he or she kills all of humanity. In the same way,
if anyone saves one life, it is as if he or she saves all of humanity.
Ways to Help
In honor of the victims of this tragedy, and to save additional
lives, we encourage everyone to donate blood and provide other support to local
human service organizations. For more
information on giving blood, please visit the American Red Cross site: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood.
We also urge anyone with information about the explosions to
please come forward and call the Boston Police at 800-494-TIPS (8477). If anyone needs help finding family members
or victims, please call the Mayor of Boston’s 24-Hour Constituent Service at
We furthermore urge the law enforcement to take all measures
to find and prosecute those responsible for these heinous crimes, swiftly and
to the fullest measure.
We pray for peace and must work together to bring about an
end to violence, terrorism, and conflict.
What Parents Can Do
JAINA also encourages parents to review the "Boston Marathon
Explosions: Be in Control of What Your Child Will Hear and See” by Dr. Richard
We pray and wish happiness
to all. May all living beings be happy everywhere.
Om Shanti! Om Shanti!
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