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This is Aleppo...
00:45 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

It’s human nature and simple geography: Things that happen far away, to people we have never known from areas of the world we have no connection to, don’t hit us as hard as whatever is happening at home. So if you don’t particularly care about the Syrian Civil War, or the crisis it’s created in places like the city of Aleppo, it makes sense.

The Syrian Civil War has been raging for five years now, and it is, to say the least, a multi-layered conflict. Aleppo is a major city in Syria, and it’s in the news a lot because the rebel-held, eastern part is one of the hardest-hit areas of the war. We’re talking airstrikes and food, water and supply shortages affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

Here’s an explainer from all the way back in 2012. Yes, things have been this bad for a long time.

But that doesn’t affect you directly. There are a thousand reasons why you may not care about Aleppo.


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Grief-stricken families embracing in the rubble of what used to be their home – a home like any other, like your home. Mothers and fathers crouching over their dead children. A father and son, crushed in place under the wreckage of another airstrike. And these aren’t even among the most iconic images. This is every hour. Every day.