These Are Our Children

For those of us (unlike my husband) that do not follow the Syrian civil war closely and see images of Syrian children and what they are going through on a daily basis (or monthly basis even), the video below really is a wake-up call. We hear about the 9.3 million in need of aid with a similar number displaced from their homes. Over 140,000 Syrians have been killed, including over 10,000 children.

But it’s easy to just hear numbers, for those to remain impersonal statistics. These children are precious little children like the one I hold in my arms every day. Their worth is infinite. If we saw their faces and knew their stories, we would not have allowed this war to go on for years, simply offering plans that everyone who understands the conflict knew would certainly fail.

These children are like the ones in our own homes and our own communities, something this video really drives home. And we are failing these children. The Church is failing them. The United Nations is failing them. The United States government is failing them. Brutal dictatorships should not be permitted to freely brutalize children like this. There is no excuse. There should only be shame.