Why Are We Not Doing More For Aleppo?

Why Are We Not Doing More For Aleppo?

When the Paris attack happened, Americans showed their support in many ways. But, now that Aleppo is happening, we aren't showing them support or helping them or the civilians through this tough time.

On Tuesday December 13th, while majority of Americans on social media and news media were focused on the 15 minute meeting between President-Elect Donald Trump and Kanye West, Aleppo was being attacked again. I had two finals that day and in between the two finals, I was on Twitter. The only thing I saw as I scrolled through my news feed was the meeting between Trump and West; I did see one tweet about Aleppo, however, and it said: “Why are we worried about Donald Trump’s meeting with Kanye West with what’s currently happening in Aleppo?” After my finals, I walked into my apartment and my roommate made a comment about how no one seems to be paying attention to Aleppo, but we care so much about Trump and West having a 15 minute meeting. Where we are directing our attention is very disappointing.

The little amount of coverage about Aleppo got me thinking, and I realized something. Last year, when the attack on Paris happened, news stations like CNN had continuous live coverage of the incident during and after. For the following month, Americans showed their support to Paris by adding a French flag filter to their profile pictures and using the hashtag “Pray for Paris.” Aleppo is the capital of Syria, and because of their role in the current civil war, they have had a number of attacks within the last few months. I, personally, have seen little to no coverage on news stations such as CNN or Fox until the last week or so. I haven't seen any hashtags. I haven't seen anyone showing their support to the city. I haven't seen any tweets or media surfacing about Aleppo. When I did a google search on Aleppo, I found a forum where an individual said that there was nothing we could do to help Aleppo. I also saw another individual say that said that we weren't surprised that the attack happened because we already knew that they were in a civil war and had previous attacks. Are we becoming desensitized to violence? What’s the difference between Aleppo and other attacks like Paris? Why aren't we showing our support to Aleppo?

The Paris attack, like September 11th and the most recent attack on Berlin, was unexpected. The attacks on Aleppo, however, are not unexpected. Aleppo has played a key role in the Syrian civil war. The city is the economic capital of Syria, and the city is the largest city in Syria.

Americans can get involved and help out with the ongoing tragedy in Aleppo. Innocent civilians are losing their lives. Civilians are being held hostage. A city is being destroyed. They need our support.

If you’re interested in helping, here are a few ways you can get involved:

1. Contact your local politicians and urge that they do more for the people affected by the conflict in Aleppo than they are currently contributing.

With the help of your local politicians, we can push them to do more than they are to help and support the Syrian people in Aleppo. We can urge them to send relief efforts, healthcare professionals to care for the civilians who were hurt by the war going on around them, and help evacuate the city of the civilians so that more innocent people do not lose their lives.

2. Donate to one of the relief efforts or charities providing treatment to Syrian civilians.

You could donate to the relief efforts of the White Helmets, International Red Cross, Save the Children, or Doctors Without Borders.

3. Stay informed on the work of Planet Syria.

Planet Syria, an activist organization which is seeking a diplomatic, nonviolent end to the civil war. Their website states that they are hoping to reconnect with the tolerance and coexistence they have known and build a Syria better than it was before the civil war with the help of their allies.

4. Pray.

This speaks for itself. The civilians in Aleppo need a lot of prayer right now, and this is something that everyone can do to support the civilians of Aleppo. Prayer can lead to big changes; it can lead to miracles. So, if we all get together and take five minutes out of our day to pray for Aleppo, then we can start to make a change in the tragedy going on in their country.

Cover Image Credit: The Independent

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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