“The children of Houla were not killed by random shelling. The UN yesterday revealed that they were murdered one by one. The militia came in the night armed with knives and guns, and the young victims were executed with a bullet to the head or a knife to the throat.” – The Times, 30th May 2012
For those that follow what happens in the world of blogging, last Friday was declared a day of protest against the killings in Syria, promted by the above article from The Times. I didn’t join in. I had nothing against it but I had a house full of housework to do, lunch round a friend’s and then a small child to entertain until bedtime. And then, it being Friday, my main plan was to flop on the sofa. If I’m honest, I also thought ‘but I want to write about lovely crafty things!’ And so I vaguely turned my back on it.
But the facts of the matter keep going round and round my head and they will not go away. And then last night, flopped on the sofa, in front of the news, they reported more killings. Men, women, children. And this morning, with the radio on they strted talking about it again. About the houses that were purposely burnt down with people in them. About the children who had their throats cut.
And despite how much I think ‘don’t think about your son, don’t think about your son’ the thought remains with me that it is someone elses child. And I don’t want to be one of those people who harps on and on about politics or charity (although sometimes I am that person) but ffs if you can read about children, lots of children, purposefully being killed, one by one, on purpose and it doesn’t affect you even the slightest bit then there is probably something very wrong with you.
I don’t think military intervention will solve everything, it never normally does. And I’ve done my share of protests, contacting MPs, fundraising and all the rest over the years and know how well some of those work. But if for no other reason that if that was my child then I would want to know that someone else gave a monkeys about them having their throat slit, we do have to raise awareness about this. Everyone has the time to go and fill out the petition on Save the Children’s website. Please go and sign it and add your name to the list of people who don’t think its acceptable to turn their backs on this.