Who is this child?
It doesn’t matter because I don’t know him.
It doesn’t matter because he doesn’t come from a developed and civilized country.
It doesn’t matter because I didn’t cause his pain.
It doesn’t matter because he is not my responsibility.
It doesn’t matter that almost half of the children in Iraq are orphans as a result of years of war.
It doesn’t matter that NATO launched air strikes in Libya last year that killed dozens of children.
It doesn’t matter that over 1500 children have been killed by Palestinian and Israeli soldiers over the last 10 years.
It doesn’t matter that last week almost 50 children were executed in Syria by government backed forces.
It doesn’t matter that there are many more recent examples of children as casualties of war …
It doesn’t matter because most of us reading this live in peace and safety.
Or maybe it should matter.
Maybe we should be acting more to denounce and prevent the senseless killing and maiming of children?
Maybe we should care more than excusing these little ones as collateral damage in the conflicts of the world we all live in?
“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”