What’s Happening In Aleppo… The Least That You Should Know
There is space between those who only know and care about themselves and those who are international journalist or politicians who know everything about all [world] news. You don’t have to be a news wiz or history scholar to know whats going on. We have a duty as decent humans to educate ourselves about happenings and issues outside of ourselves so that we can act …even if that action is merely speaking out. Ignorance is never a defense or a valid excuse for inaction. This article is for those who are in the GRAY AREA and, like me, don’t quite know enough or understand it all but care to know more. This is the least you should know about Aleppo. #thatgraylove
Where Is Aleppo?
Aleppo is a city in Syria (a country located in the Middle East and a part of Southwestern Asia). At one point, Aleppo was the country’s largest city with a population nearing 2.3 million (that’s like the size of the city of Orlando. Pretty big for a developing country.) as well as its industrial and financial hub …
Why is Aleppo in the News?
In 2011, an uprising (act of rebellion) against President Bashar al-Assad erupted. This was the beginning of the Syrian Civil War which started because President Assad didn’t like protesters calling for his removal and attempting to overthrow him. As a result his government violently repressed them.
At that point, the city of Aleppo was not a part of the deadly violence that overtook other Syrian towns but in the Summer of 2012 it became a battleground, hence the name “Battle of Aleppo” (confrontation between Syrian Armed forces (the government ) and people who want to bring down the government (Free Syrian Army).
The four years from the Summer of 2012 to present (December, 2016) has been about rebel fighters trying to kick out government forces and gaining control over Northern Syria but some of Aleppo s people were not for it; causing a divide in the city. East Aleppo being against the government and West Aleppo being for the government.
In other words, a hot mess and recipe for disaster and conflict. al-Assad and his government’s main goal is to gain control of the east so that it can have full control.
Last month (November 2016), the Syrian Government launched a new assault and nearly gained all of the east and just this month (mid-December 2016), Team Assad and pro-government forces began carrying out massacres of civilians in East Aleppo. Dozens of innocent people and children were killed and catastrophic destruction to historic sites in Syria.
Why Should You Care About Aleppo?
The battle of Aleppo has been the bloodiest battle of the Syrian Civil War with over 30,000 people dead and the death of any innocent person should be of some concern to everyone.
But to be more specific, you should care because there are at least 100,000 children in the middle of this conflict. In fact, approximately half of those treated are children and many of them are dying due to shortages of equipment and medicines.
Rescue teams are finding children under rubble every day and many of these children are sole survivors because of bombings that have killed their families.
Caring for the children and people of Aleppo is the least that you can do even if you have no solution or direct effect on what’s happening. Just as I expect a general concern from the public for my young son, I care for these children.
When young, African American, men are gunned down by police and law enforcement for no reason at all, I scream for masses to say something…do something. “This community is under attack… don’t turn a blind eye… Black Lives Matter… My son matters,” is what I shout.
For that very reason, I hope that we speak out in that same way for these young innocent lives… they matter also.
What Can You Do To Help Aleppo?
A simple discussion and conversation about what’s happening will shine more light on this city in crises
Additionally you can do any of the following:
- Support the White Helmets; These group of heroes have saved more that 73,000 lives and are often targeted. The Syrian Armed forces will bomb civilians then circle back to bomb these rescue workers. You can donate and help .
- Support the International Rescue Committee : This organization help children and families affected by the conflict.
- You don’t have to be the most religious to say a prayer for these people. Personally, I serve a God who is a God of miracles, peace, and resolution.
Thank you guys for joining me in this Gray Space and educating yourselves. Please let me know in the comments below if this has helped you understand a bit more.