A mom whose 8-month-old baby was lost during the horrific events in Nice, France, on July 14, turned to the internet in desperation—and the internet answered in full force.
After a truck drove through a crowd of people on Bastille Day, killing 84 onlookers, a mother was separated from her baby who was sitting in a stroller at the time. One of the unidentified mom's friends, Yohlaine Ramasitera, immediately started posting on social media to see if anyone could provide any leads to the baby.
Ramasitera posted a note on Facebook along with a picture of her and the missing baby, "If you see this child: contact me. Blue stroller." One of her friends, Rebecca Boulanger, saw the post and shared a post with an urgent message to her followers:
Another friend, Tiava Banner, posted her own urgent plea, as well. Their posts were immediately shared thousands of times around Facebook. A few hours later, the many pleas for help were rewarded with a happy ending.
Boulanger, a pastor, tells the Huffington Post, “Social media has been used for a lot of bad things as well, but I really believe that technology can be good and used to share hope and to encourage people during this very traumatic time.”
Photograph by Facebook/Yohlaine Ramasitera