What if 35 million prayed?

I can’t deal with it. I cannot deal with this. I don’t understand any of it. How inhumane can humans be? How many more need to suffer or die at the arms of this brutal torment, until this stops?

I am not well versed when it comes to politics, war, and everything else in between. I’m not going to try or even pretend to know how it all works. But I don’t think that should matter. This war in Syria is evil in its purest form.

I sat in my comfortable office, which is always perfectly adjusted to 21°C, wearing my fluffy warm socks, no shoes. Procrastinating for a moment, I flicked to Facebook. The first thing on my newsfeed was a video one of my friends had shared. I don’t remember what made me click on it and press play, but I did. I just watched the most gruesome viral video I think I have ever seen.

It was a video made with a phone, by someone who panned through scenes of the after effects of a chemical bomb that was dropped on northern Syria, in the Idlib province. There were men and children scattered everywhere on the ground and on the backs of vehicles and they were being hosed down. If they were not dead already, they were close to it; convulsing, helplessly frothing from their mouths and eyes as they slowly suffocated to death.

Hard to read? Imagine watching it. Imagine living it. I don’t know when this horrific scenario occurred, and when the video was published. But when I watched it today, it already had 35 million views.

This is real life, people! These are peoples lives. This is not just a viral video to watch and be moved until I move on to the next thing. Oh look, cute fluffy puppy! What on earth am I doing here? Where are the 35 million other people who’ve seen this video, and what are they doing? I say this because I know I’m not the only one with a heart who cares. Surely. Surely! Why is it so easy for people to watch this video, maybe share it on Facebook, and keep on keeping on? And if it’s not easy to watch, what are they doing or not doing to help?

35 million is not a shy number. What if 35 million prayed? What if 35 million took an individual choice to do something? We would be a force to be reckoned with. What if we took even 1 day out of our ordinary lives to care and physically do something? That is 35 million days collectively. What IF 35 million prayed?

  • Kathleen Emerson

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