This blog started out being light-hearted and reflective of the things in this world that I love. I chose to write about the things I love but considered to be things many of you would not categorize as “gems.” As I continued to come up with topics and ideas to write about I realized my posts began to weigh heavier and heavier. I began to think of things I necessarily didn’t love but had all the sympathy in the world for. The more I think about what I consider to be forgotten gems, the more I think about the events going on in our world. These are the catastrophes our hearts break for, yet we still go on with our days blissfully unaware of the detrimental effects they have on people just like us.
Currently one of the most horrific events going on in this world is the situation that has been escalating for years in Aleppo, Syria. The reality for those suffering in Aleppo is unimaginable. There really are no words for the sadness I feel for these people. Over the last few days, I have seen reports of things I can barely comprehend. I have seen images like a child clinging to his father, who has been killed, begging him not to leave him, or a father holding his two lifeless daughters. What’s happening is very real, and these people are no different than us.
The most crucial aspect of it all, in my opinion, is how these children and their families haven’t had a sense of normalcy in years. They don’t have the comfort of their homes or the ability to go to school everyday. They cannot walk out of their door to a safe environment.
In fact, as of 29 minutes ago today Dec. 15, footage was released showing the moment the first ambulances, trying to evacuate injured people and their families from the rebel-held Aleppo, being shot at. Terrified children cry out as they are being carried out of the attacked ambulance, ITV News reports.
However, the battle being fought around these kids isn’t anything new. The Battle of Aleppo began in 2012 and barrel bombings and missile strikes still happen today. Hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate, but the way I see it, some have been forced to stay. The New Daily also reported today, 50,000 people are to be evacuated as soon as possible. Although issues arose in the first evacuation attempts, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad still considers the news of getting these people out of harms way within 2-3 days time a huge step forward. He tweeted this statement a few hours ago, “Congratulations to the people of Aleppo on this great victory against terrorism from Syrian Army Colonel Suheil Al Hussan.”
We can’t let this be our world. We must come together in compassion for other people. This reaches beyond just caring about friends and family. This means caring about people you have never met before, yet know they deserve to be saved. This is not about “being political,” it is about being a human being.
There are ways to help from all the way over here, in your comfortable home, at work or even after you run out of your last final screaming and shouting Christmas music. Check out these wonderful causes. If you feel any sort of responsibility or empathy please think about donating or at least get knowledgable about what is happening.
Support the White Helmets: herofund.whitehelmets.org
Donate to doctorswithoutborders.org who provide medical aid.
Support the International Rescue Committee: www.rescue.org
Follow @savethechildren on Instagram, who help children and families affected.