Pooja Poddar Marwah

The Turkey Syria Saga

We never change. No matter the scope of disaster or calamity, we humans are a rare breed that just don’t change! Even Death and destruction don’t move us, although temporarily our empathetic emotions, magnanimously surface. Ofcourse, for the sake of being seen and being heard.

So, why would Turkey and Syria be any different?

The first and foremost need for the East European Country is the safety of its people. With freezing temperatures and lack of proper medical aid, its citizens are shaken beyond means. Thousands are still stuck in rubble, whilst critical care personnel are trying their best in saving as many as possible. We have Erdogan defending his government claiming nothing could prepare them for a disaster of this strength, and on the other side, we have the opposing party staking claim on their part of the story which states that the ruling party is to blame!

Either way, in this cacophony of the blame game, the tragedy has already struck, and people have lost their loved ones and are continuing to do so. It isn’t a moment to bask in the glory of who is doing what, but rather to work as a team to help bring the Country out of the aftermath of the quakes! The situation in Syria on the other hand is going through another conflict of its own with lack of proper infrastructure owing to years of discord. The situation there appears to be worse as it is hit by severe sanctions.

So, my question here is.. What is it going to take for humanity to rise together for each other, especially in moments of crisis? How much more suffering do we need to endure, to understand that in the end, kindness and compassion are the only way to be.

It is heart warming to see people of Turkey and Syria trying to help each other with whatever little they have. But in moments like this, it is more than just the community, it is the people we elect and the leaders we admire that need to step in and put away their differences. Every drop in an ocean, adds up to its grandeur. Likewise, every hand that reaches out, can aid in pulling another out; in this case literally, not just metamorphically.

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