During the chaos of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, in which a man mowed down civilians in a truck, a new mother was separated from her 8-month-old son. But, through a Facebook post that soon went viral, she was able to reunite with him the next day.
Tiava Banner was on the promenade watching the Bastille Day festivities with her son, when suddenly the scene became chaotic. Tunisian native Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, drove through a crowd of spectators, purposefully running them over.
In the attack, 84 were killed, 10 of them children. Among the 202 injured, 54 were children, reports Daily Mail. Dozens of families were separated from each other as crowds of people attempted to run to safety.
When Banner was separated from her child, she feared he was killed. She took to social media to make a desperate plea to find him. "We have lost BB 8 months," she wrote in French on her Facebook page, according to the Daily Mail. "Nice friends if you've seen him if you were there if you have collected please contact me!"
The post was shared more than 22,000 times. The baby was found by a young woman who decided to take him home amid the chaos and attempt to return him to his parents. She found Banner's Facebook post and facilitated a happy reunion, reports the Daily Mail.
"Found!!!!! Thank you so much to Mrs Joy Ruez!!!!!!!!" she said in a follow-up post, according to her Facebook page. "Thank you facebook to all those who have helped us and sent messages of support (I won't answer to all really sorry)!!!!!!!"
But, other parents and family members were not as lucky as Banner. Many are still trying to reunite with their lost children, and also taking to social media. A Twitter profile, Nice Find People, has been set up to help bring attention to lost relatives.
One tweet reads, "No news of the person on the left. He was going to see the fireworks."
French President Francois Hollande is seeking to extend the state of emergency that was put in place after the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks, according to The New York Times. He announced a three-day period of national mourning.
"There are many children, young children who had come to watch fireworks with their family, to have joy, to share happiness, delight, amazement, and who were struck, struck to death, merely to satisfy the cruelty of an individual -- and maybe of a group," said Hollande after a meeting with the victims in a Nice medical center.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to The New York Times. Online accounts connected to ISIS and al-Qaida praised it.