Syria is a war-torn area. The devastation that its people are facing, most of them non-combatant civilians, is horrific and no one who is used to comfort should accept that poverty and terror is the fate of these people. We at cutswatch.org want to raise awareness for that fact that you SHOULD care about Aleppo, and you should help do something about it. You can help! All you need to know is how.
One of the biggest problems right now with the Syrian people that are left in Aleppo is the sheer amount of hopelessness. They do not expect help to come to them at all. Most people wonder why anyone cares at all about them, because many in Syria believe that because they did little to help with other global catastrophes, no one is obligated to help them.
And that is a problem, because they are innocent civilians caught up in a crossfire. Their country has been torn apart by a long-lasting civil war, which has devastated the eastern area of the country. Their president, Assad, responded to protests against his regime with violence and military force, which led to counter-military measures from rebels. Aleppo was hit very hard because it was held by the insurgents.
Gunfire is pounding all around the people. People are unable to flee the cities, because they are either unable to or they are afraid to face the military who might shoot them down by accident. Over 96 children were killed in one day; no matter what side of the political argument you fall, you cannot agree that that is acceptable or anything less than horrific.
Another sense of hopelessness comes from the foreign involvement. Nations like Iran and Russia are supporting the Syrian government, while the US and Britain are supporting the insurgents. The US went so far as to provide training and CIA intelligence to the Syrian resistance. Syrians have no say in their fate either; in a meeting to be held in Moscow soon to decide the fate of the country, there will only be Russians, Iranians, and Turks. No Syrians.
You can help the people hit the hardest in several ways. First, if you are in a country that is accepting refugees, don’t believe everything you hear about terrorism! Almost ALL of these people are fleeing the country because they have no other options. If they could have it their way, they’d stay in their own homes, away from war zones. But that’s not an option now. Volunteer at a refugee center, and listen to their stories. Music can be a great therapy! Get a drum set from Barking Drum and teach people how to use it!
Have fun with them, take them out to see movies and eat food, play music with them using a high-quality drum machine or other instruments… There are lots of ways you can make them feel accepted and loved! This crisis is real, and it takes a toll. We should care about this because people, children, are hurt and killed by this war. Let’s make sure some people at least get the comfort they need.