Why are you seeing dead children on your feed?

Because it’s real. 

I’m sure you’ve seen the stories about the chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Syria this week, but in case you haven’t, here’s a refresher (warning: the video below is graphic, as are the true realities of war).  

The rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun shows irrefutable evidence of a Sarin gas airstrike. Sarin gas is a nerve agent that basically renders your muscles unable to contract.

Victims cannot move, lose control of many bodily functions, and in many cases, they stop breathing. 

We ‘see’ death all the time – in video games, movies, TV shows… but we rarely have to experience it in our personal lives. Then when we see videos like the one above, and think “Oh God, that’s so horrible,” we move on and continue scrolling down our feed.

Too often Facebook is like an unmarked graveyard; we stroll by, paying little to no mind. Because we don’t have to – it’s not our life that’s affected. But we must start paying attention. 

We’re missing the point. 

These are real human people.

This is actual death and suffering.

Chemical warfare is reprehensible when used against soldiers, and unthinkably heinous when used against civilians. Regular people. You and me.

As I sit here, safe in Ohio on a dreary Thursday, I struggle to write this post.

I think that we lose sight of how easily this could be our lives. We are so incredibly lucky to have been born in a time and place where our home country is not in the middle of violent conflict. The children who are dying in Syria have done nothing wrong, they were simply born at the wrong time in history. 

So this is our challenge: don’t scroll past it. Think about what we’re seeing. Do not give up on reacting. Resist apathy that comes from thinking there’s nothing to be done. All movement slows with friction, eventually. Be the friction.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Thank Nikki Haley for speaking to the UN

Don’t know what we’re talking about? Click here. 

2. Donate:

via USA Today  

Click here for a varied list of aid sources to donate to. 


No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.