Do all lives really matter? Sure, we say they do, but do they really? Do some lives even matter at all? I believe that is a legitimate question, that unfortunately needs to be asked. Because the logical answer and the obvious answer to us as humans is that yes all lives really do matter. All of them, every single one of them, and it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, if you’re from the middle east or far west, if you’re male or female. It simply does not matter, or it shouldn't. You have a soul, a life and that’s a gift that should not be taken lightly by anyone.
But what I have seen all around me, in the short time that I've been alive in this world, that is slowly crumbling to pieces, is that some lives just don’t matter. At all!
Or maybe they do matter, but we're just incapable of expressing that they do.
Or maybe we are expressing it, but not enough, and perhaps not in the right way?
Regardless of the scenario it's clear that we have a problem. And if that is the case why aren’t we doing anything about it?
This has been going on for far too long, and by now it should be a top priority for everyone around the world. Too many people have died. Too many people have suffered simply because they live in a land that is wanted by other people, for the color of their skin, their nationality, their religion, their physical and mental abilities, their orientation and a million other reasons.
68 years and counting, and Palestine is still suffering. Countless black lives lost in the name of White Supremacy. Muslims parish on the daily in the name of a War on Terror, and Terrorism that terrorizes them most of all.
Are we not allowed to help our brothers and sisters when they call out to us in anguish and despair pleading with us to think of their kids, their families, their lives...that were deemed to not matter enough for us to do something.
Too many have suffered simply because of their beliefs, burma used to have 5-8 million Muslims, now the number has dwindled down to less than 3 million. Girls are raped by military, police, as well as Buddhist extremists in exchange for their life. Boys are tormented and forced into labor on daily basis. Muslims in burma are suffering every second simply because they’re Muslims. Even though they are a minority and pose no threat.
Too many have suffered because they stood up against the tyranny. It’s been going on in Syria for over five years now. Little kids swear to tell God everything when they meet, to tell of the injustice they have suffered, to tell of the number of times things of more ‘importance’ were put in front of them because they weren’t important enough to save, to tell of the deaths and sorrows they have witnessed in their few years. Are they not enough?
55,219 have died in syria in 2015 alone. And 20,183 in 2016. Are these numbers not big enough?
Why is it that we have settled with the fact that we can’t do anything to help them? Why are we silent when it comes to the fact that we can do more.
We can fight. And we have been fighting for years. We have been writing about their troubles, raising awareness about their deaths. We have been drawing images of what they go through. These are all types of fighting that aren’t to be taken for granted, and belittled. In fact they are so powerful that they have the power to change nations. But maybe we need to use these types of fighting in a different way, maybe instead of showing the world what they go through maybe we should show the world that this is an injustice that we should not stay silent on. We choose who our president is. We can very well choose where our armies march to. We have established freedom for ourselves, why can’t we help them out as well?
I cry for you Palestine, Burma, Syria, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, and so many more and I cry for me. I pray to God every day, to not only keep you safe and accept you as martyrs but to also forgive us for our shortcomings and our failure to be humans.
May God forgive us all and help us to help them with every bit of might we have.
Nadia Kamal is a senior High school student who wishes to study psychology and understand the human mind and its functions. She aims to devote her life to aiding the poor, ill and helpless.