Some conflicts started as far back as 1918 (Iran) or as recently as July 2013 (Egypt’s political crisis).*
Nothing feels worse to me than to quantify human casualties so, apologies if I don’t quote numbers to add clarity. It suffices to say that the most life-threatening on-going war (if life-threat could possibly be “ranked” in the context of a war) is the one in Syria.
Because of the effect on the population, even biased sources cannot deny the seriousness of this conflict and even though they do discuss it a lot, I couldn’t make sense of what is happening.
I chose to ignore the popular “big picture” approaches that devalue life and focused on finding information from Syrians themselves.
From that perspective, I saw this conflict as being as hopeless a situation as any civilian can be plunged into by outside forces. I was deeply struck by tweets from Syrians saying how they felt “left out” (by the western world), “left for dead”, “not knowing what to do with themselves”, “incapable of rebuilding a life and a family again”. They are truly trapped by the ambitions of bigger forces than themselves.
The “bigger picture” approach to understanding a situation is oftentimes damaged by the interests of the powerful.
If the economic superpowers of today wanted this conflict ended, they would have ended it already. With minimal impact to the population. For some reason, that is not the case.
I raise awareness, encouraging direct support. I wish I could do more.
I don’t trust the media, charities or rioters anymore. I will only go by, and act on, what I know to be true.
Despite the “not 100% guaranteed identity” aspect of social networks, they still do have a lot of potential for TRUTH. Although requiring a fair bit of discernment.
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