For whatever reason, it seems to be an increasing trend to not give a fuck about giving a fuck. Not care about the future, not care about work, the environment, politics or ongoing insurgency and war in countries that are not our own. It’s almost as if having an opinion about social issues deems you ‘hard work’, ‘overreacting’ or ‘a downer’. And while mentioning the rising sea levels or the ongoing battles in Syria isn’t a popular dinner party topic it’s also something we shouldn’t be avoiding. Because we can dance around the topic of Aleppo while passing the salt and refilling our wines but the people of Aleppo do not have the luxury to wait for us to finish washing the dishes of our dinner party. Often I am pegged as a stupid ‘feminist’ girl with a blog, so much so that sometimes I am deterred from writing about things like this, however, as I am about to explain this is a topic I do not think can wait.
I came across an article the other day about making one of your New Year resolutions ‘giving a fuck in 2017 about the less fortunate’. It was about donating more, educating ourselves more, bringing about change and aid to the scattered families and divided city in Syria. And while I think this is all instrumental in bringing an end to the constant aggression in the Middle East, I do not think we need to wait till 2017.
The civilians of Aleppo do not have time to wait for us to get over our New Years hangover, to open our brand new 2017 planner and slot, ‘save the children of Aleppo’ next to our brand new gym schedule. Addressing this humanitarian crisis is not a New Year resolution. This conflict is brutal, it’s painful, it’s bloody and people are dying, so many people are dying. While we are counting down the days till the New Year the people living this warfare are wondering if they’ll even make it to 2017. There are 12 days until January the 1st, 12 days until the article I read suggested we should start doing something about Aleppo. But the city has been falling since 2012, civilians do not have time for us to wait for the New Year to address them, help is urgent and needed now. Let’s not be silent, let’s not shrug our shoulders because it’s ‘cool’ or convenient to do so.
There are multiple things we can do to help, you can donateat White Helmets, the Syrian Crisis Appeal and at the Syrian-American Medical Society or sign the change.com petition (all linked below). Or you can talk.
You can pread the message and awareness to the point where people can’t slip this issue under their napkins nor wash it away with an extra scoop of washing detergent. UNSW student Sam Koslowski said yesterday, “If I could get a message to Aleppo, it would be this: I am with you. Young people are with you. Jews, Muslims, Christians, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, and everyone else are with you. Australia is with you. Humanity is going to prevail.”