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Never Forget.

September 12, 2012

It’s hard to feel connected to New York City today.

The Freedom Tower, August 2012

Here in Jordan, it’s not an issue that concerns the handful of people I’ve asked about it. They are more concerned with what’s happening now, such as the conflict in Syria. They aren’t worried about what happened 11 years ago, but what has happened in the past 18 months, and what the United States role is, and will be, as the fighting continues to the north with no end in sight.

At a cafe last night, I sat with a friend whose family is still in Syria. We talked about his brother, who is traveling to Homs today. The men sitting at the two tables on either side of us were talking about Syria as well.

With more than 85,000 Syrian refugees now in Jordan, either registered or waiting to be registered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the people I spoke with are worried about the difficulties that Jordan will face in hosting this influx of displaced people. And they are worried about the civilians in their neighboring country, who are caught in the middle of an increasingly bloody war between government forces and the opposition.

It’s important to remember what happened on this day 11 years ago. 2,753 innocent people died in the attacks. According to New York Magazine, there are 422,00 New Yorkers suffering from post-tramuatic stress disorder as a result of 9/11.

And it’s also important to remember that a breakdown like one New York Magazine did for September 11 exists for all of these wars that have happened before, since and continue today.

What Sandra Ciscernos wrote in The House on Mango Street is relevant today. Unfortunately, it’ll be relevant tomorrow too: “The world we live in is a house on fire and the people we love are burning.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2012 1:16 am

    I imagine there are more than 422,000 New Yorkers suffering from PTSD. I wonder how they come up with these numbers?

    • September 12, 2012 6:48 am

      It’s certainly a question worth asking, I thought the same thing. And I’m sure unofficial numbers would be higher as well.

      • September 12, 2012 2:24 pm

        That’s a great post that puts things in perspective. People are important – no matter where they live. But it’s their location and exposure from the media that makes certain cases stand out more than others.
        May those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks rest in peace, may their families heal and may the Syrians triumph over a dictator who has killed thousands of innocent people and displaced his population.

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