The Forgotten Faces of War

War is a devastating reality that often leaves a trail of destruction and despair in its wake.

As the media bombards us with news of conflicts and battles happening across the globe, it’s easy to forget the real faces behind the headlines. The forgotten faces of war are the innocent civilians who are caught in the crossfire, the families torn apart, the children who lose their innocence far too soon.

When we think of war, we often think of soldiers in uniform, bravely fighting for their country. But what about the civilians who are simply trying to survive? The mothers huddled with their children in bomb shelters, waiting for the next explosion to rip through their homes. The elderly couples who have spent their entire lives building a home, only to see it reduced to rubble in a matter of seconds. These are the forgotten faces of war.

It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the human cost of war when it’s happening thousands of miles away. But the reality is that war knows no boundaries. It affects us all in some way, whether we realize it or not. The refugees fleeing their war-torn countries in search of safety, the children who will never know a life without violence – these are the forgotten faces of war.

As the media sensationalizes war, focusing on the politics and tactics, it often neglects the human side of the story. The stories of resilience and hope that emerge from the rubble, the acts of kindness and compassion that shine through the darkness – these are the stories that deserve to be told. We must remember that behind every statistic, every headline, there are real people with real lives and real stories.

The forgotten faces of war are the ones who have lost everything but still find the strength to keep going. They are the ones who have seen the worst of humanity but still believe in the power of love and compassion. They are the ones who have been pushed to the brink of despair but refuse to give up hope.

So the next time you hear about war on the news, remember the forgotten faces. Remember the mothers and children, the families torn apart, the civilians caught in the crossfire. Remember that war is not just about politics and tactics – it’s about real people with real lives. And it’s up to us to ensure that their stories are not forgotten.

Kumbirai Thierry Nhamo

Writer || Social Justice Activist 

kumbiraithierryn@gmail.com || +263780022343

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