So here's what I've been doing with my day.

I bucked the BBC as my main source of news a few years ago and switched to Al Jazeera, and they've been reporting on what's happening in Aleppo A LOT. Stumped by what I can do that will help the situation and more than a little tired of pleas for donations that I know won't get there in time, I did something I've gotten quite good at doing: writing letters to my representatives.

Here. Copy it. I don't care. Send it to everyone. Just do your part to make this not end in genocide.

I have been reading the news about the recent events in Syria and eastern Aleppo specifically, and I have become quite concerned with what is going on. What I read describes what can only be described as genocide: double-tap bombing (bombing one area, waiting for civilians to come help those in the rubble, and then bombing again), civilians being gunned down as they run to safety, systematic rape, and more horrible things. I have read of women being killed or committing suicide to avoid getting raped by regime soldiers. Surely you know there are no hospitals left in east Aleppo, and all the makeshift clinics can do is stop a civilian’s bleeding and send them on their way. Such things are too terrible to even hear about—I cannot even imagine living this nightmare. 

There is absolutely nothing I can do to help, and that frustrates and saddens me. I have given money to the White Helmets and other organizations that are on the ground in Aleppo. I am bombarded daily by requests from humanitarian leagues that tell me to donate more money to help the remaining civilians. But I know the truth: That money will never make it there in time. The organizations will only be there to clean up whatever is left of Aleppo. In the meantime, I fear total genocide. 

I know that only the world governments can step in in time to do something, and I hope that you will do what is in your power to stop the devastation in Aleppo. There is no advice I can give you. I know nothing about the military and diplomatic relations. I am just a sad constituent who is not content to hope and pray alone that this will end peacefully. I hope there is something our government can work together to do. 

Thank you for your time in reading this. It is my hope that peace can reign again in Syria.