I am a comfortable middle-class American from a decent family. I live comfortably-- I have always had a roof over my head. I have always had clothes on my back. I've had my struggles growing up just like anyone else, and I'm not here to minimize anyone else's struggles, regardless of race or class or socioeconomic standing.
But from where I stand in my own life, what is happening currently in Aleppo is beyond heartbreaking. It is eye opening. It is the harsh reality for many people whose lives have been destroyed at the hands of war.
I'm not here to make a political stand either. I'm not here to discuss war or foreign policy or claim I have a solution to the problem. Or criticize either side for what they have done or place the blame on any individual, group, or country.
I am just a middle class, white American college student. And I see so much pain on the other side of the world. Video footage of mother'a mourning their dead children or children mourning their dead parents have flooded the internet-- and rightly so.
We need to be aware. We need to pay attention.
We cannot ignore this catastrophic event from our bubble of comfort.