The streets of Paris, France were filled with locals and tourists enjoying a beautiful fall evening. People were going to cafés, restaurants, concerts, or simply enjoying a walk on a Friday night before tragedy struck. After the six simultaneous attacks left 128 dead and over 180 injured, people were trying to find safety amid the chaos. One man, Rohan Singh Kalsi, took to Twitter to offer shelter at any Sikh Gurdwara, temple. With the hashtag#PorteOuverte, “open door” in French. His tweet has gone viral and began a movement where Parisians are opening their doors to complete strangers. A lot of terrible things have happened in the name of religion. But here’s an example of someone following his faith, and literally accepting people of all walks and showing everyone matters. A simple act of kindness knows no color, ethnic background or religious doctrine.
Anybody who’s stranded in Paris and needs shelter and somewhere safe, any Sikh Gurdwara (temple) will be happy to accommodate #PorteOuverte — Rohan (@RohanSinghKalsi) November 13, 2015
IF YOU’RE IN PARIS AND YOU NEED A SAFE PLACE TO SAY SEARCH THE HASHTAG #PORTEOUVERTE PEOPLE ARE OFFERING SAFE HOMES FOR YOU TO STAY — kimmyofficial (@guitarboyhoran) November 13, 2015
@RohanSinghKalsi You did lovely thing tonight Rohan 🙂 It seems several people have appreciated ur reminder that Gurdwaras r there for all — Jacky Holyoake (@JackyHolyoake) November 14, 2015
@RohanSinghKalsi @Radlein Hi, thank you for tweeting that. I KNOW kindness spreads faster than hate & intolerance 🙂 — REENEE Sevier (@sevierhere) November 14, 2015
@RohanSinghKalsi @nursiedeb what religion should be about kindness and compassion — Dale McDonald (@davmacfc) November 13, 2015
@amykoehler thank you but I am no bright light… Sikhs are here to serve humanity at all times ?? — Rohan (@RohanSinghKalsi) November 13, 2015
@JackyHolyoake thanks Jacky, I did not expect this reaction! I just hope it helped some people out there — Rohan (@RohanSinghKalsi) November 14, 2015