How To be Human

Air strikes, people dying and screaming is a normal scenario. You cannot go out because you might get killed, you cannot run errands because all shops are shut. You cannot go out for fresh air, because there is none. You cannot go and meet your best friend from 10 years because he is dead. You are in a hospital, getting stitches because you are hurt by the bomb blast, you walk to get some water and stumble upon a body that is your sister’s. You were hoping to find her later.
And I was upset the other day because there was no water supply in my building.
You may have valid reasons for disliking someone. You and your friends have varied opinions about people and topics. We take difference in opinions for granted, casually posting a status on Facebook or writing an opinionated article. Some people, however, have paid for having an opinion and for letting out the angst that they had been storing in their heads. Now one day, a black girl child is passing by a wall in today’s America and she spray paints anti-trump slogans on the wall. Next thing she knows, a war has started because she piqued Trump. Because she expressed her thoughts about how unfair the whole system really is.
 This is exactly what happened in Syria, the angst of a 14 year old boy laid foundation for a massive Civil War. The difference is that, today there are so many people speaking against Trump, mocking him and his ways. Mouawiya Syasneh, the 14 year old boy, while maybe not the only one who was angry, was definitely the only one who was noticed. The people of Syria are still paying for it. Some Syrians might not even be interested in the politics of their country, they are also paying for it. Babies who were not even born then, are paying for it now.
This is only a written glimpse of the events that have rendered Syria shapeless, the most troubled state in the world. Horror, terror and everything else has taken over the minds and hearts of the people. Imagine being uneasy for 5 years. There is still little hope for respite and getting back to normality.
The world has been talking about Trump since he wasn’t even born. Whilst the issues surrounding Trump are important and disturbing, talking and bashing him is only giving him more importance rather than changing what he thinks. Maybe talking about him so much is actually helping, there is no definite answer. But we do know that he will continue to rant until even after he is dead.
The idea is to spread awareness and to make the curious know more by discussing and acknowledging the plight of people who are suffering. I am writing about Syria, because I stumbled upon an article talking about it. People are suffering elsewhere too, however, we don’t know about all the other situations of suffering. The idea is to know. It is not a Utopian thought about creating solutions that will magically help eradicate these problems, they won’t. It is just the tiniest step that you as a reader and I as a person who can write okay sentences can do to make a difference in your and my pool of awareness.
More than 11 million Syrian nationals are currently displaced. Most of them are refugees. People who have been moved from their own homes & cities to live like nomads. Without any warnings, without any direction. Vagueness and ambiguity has trapped them in a hopeless loop.
A Civil War is a war that takes place between groups from the same country. In Syria, this is happening between a group that supports the President and another group called the ‘rebels.’
The unrest began in 2011 and has only become worse through the years. Wanting the President to resign with hope for democracy and greater freedom, the protests continued. Violence began when peaceful protests were disrupted by gun fire and other methods of physical harm.
The impact of this intense disagreement between the two groups falls down on the common man like a dent that cannot be repaired. The common man who only has an opinion regarding which sides he should take, the common man who was working hard to provide for his family, or was already helpless and worried even before he or she became a refugee. Children are unable to attend school, fear has taken over everyone’s senses and terror looms large over their heads.
Referring to the human as ‘common’ not because these people are ordinary, common because they are not unique like the extremist groups who would kill to prove a point. These common people who maybe extraordinary otherwise, a brilliant painter, an aspiring economist, an entrepreneur and a doctor who couldn’t give his last semester exams. Not only are people killed, not only are lives disrupted, but so many dreams are lost.
According to the UN, funds amounting to $7.7 billion dollars are needed to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrians.
Here are a few documentaries that you can watch to know the plight of children who are forced to work to supplement their family income. A young hand takes over hundreds of sardines to gut and fillet them.
4 million people have been displaced by these wars, while some may have found asylum in neighboring countries, some are still travelling, finding their new home and the others must need some hope. Hope of the form that the rest of the world acknowledges their plight.
You, refugees, are explorers, not voluntary ones, but those of you still breathing and living  are brave.
Their are no mechanics and repairmen who can fix you, only humanity can.
How do I become human, I do not know.
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7 thoughts on “How To be Human

  1. Hey Mehr!
    I discovered you two days ago
    I have read every word written by you over the last two days and I just wanted ti tell you, that you’re a beautiful human and an even beautiful writer. Your charm lies in your unapologetic honesty ! I am riveted beyond meausure. (From a writer to another)

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    1. Hi Jahanvi! Your opinion is so humbling and encouraging. You probably come second, after my parents, for reading all my posts. haha! Means a lot, thank you and keep writing! 🙂

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