My heart hurts. Typically, I sit back and spectate on worldly affairs and don’t have much of an opinion. But last night, I could hardly sleep as I stayed glued to my phone watching videos of the horrors taking place in Palestine. The deliberate targeting of innocent civilians – many of them children – is disgusting. These airstrikes and bombings leave behind broken families, a vast number of deaths and even more injured. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places; any air strike most definitely means inhabitant deaths. Take notice of the increasing death toll in Gaza and although I am feeling this immense bystander’s guilt looking at photos and reading these articles, I know there is something we can do to contribute to this oppression. We can attend our local protests, urging our governments to take stance against the demolishment of homes, conduction of mass arrests and unwarranted bombings. We can donate to international aid, raise awareness and pray for justice. Don’t get desensitized to seeing ongoing posts on social media, take the time out to share, comment and involve yourself in ending this genocide. I feel guilt-ridden by the fact that I can sit comfortably in my house knowing that so many people are living in fear and being murdered in their own homes. I have attached some links below and also some relief funds along with some petitions that you can sign. Pray for the people of Gaza.
Saira Hayat Khan
Where You Can Donate
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund – http://www.pcrf.net/
Islamic Relief – http://islamicreliefcanada.org/Palestine/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Grants&utm_campaign=GG+-+Palestine&gclid=CP-E39jlvb8CFQSOaQodupIAXQ
United Nations Relief and Works Agency – http://www.unrwa.org/donate