Genocide is defined as the ” the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.” Some examples are the Jewish Holocaust of WWII, the Armenian genocide, the Native American genocide.

Currently, in the world, there is a genocide going on. For the last three years in Syria, the Assad government and various rebel groups have butchered over 200,000 people. Of these 200,000 over 11,000 are children. These people deserved to have the chance to live. These people deserve to have their voices heard. That will not ever happen.

People throw out the word “genocide” far too easily. It is used to falsely describe Israel, the US etc. The word should be reserved for terrible crimes against humanity, like what is happening in Syria. What those people are going through is a hell which, I am afraid, the world is sticking its collective necks in the sand and ignoring. Why is this? Why don’t people care? Why are the lives of Syrians so unimportant to so many?

I don’t know the answer to those questions. I don’t want to tap into someone’s flippant attitude about their fellow mankind. I refuse to let them die with an apathetic attitude.