By Emma Buchman
By now, I must be annoying you all with my updates on ISIS. Regardless of your stance on what the US and its allies should be doing against ISIS, the devastation that it has caused to the lives of Syrian and Iraqi citizens, Western hostages, and their families cannot be ignored.
I wanted to take a moment to remember those who looked past their own lives and safety to help those in the world who needed it. They left the comforting arms of family and friends to greet the harsh realities of life and death to make an impact on other’s lives. First we should honor the 18 Syrian soldiers that were murdered.
Next, we should remember those who were brought into the line of fire through ISIS’ hatred. Alan Henning was a taxi driver from Salford, England. He was delivering resources in Syria when he was kidnapped. He is survived by his wife Barbara and two children. Mrs. Henning said, “Myself, Lucy and Adam, and all of Alan’s family and friends are numb with grief.”
Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was an 26-year-old aid worker from Indiana. He converted to Islam and was conducting medical training in Syria when he was kidnapped. His parents, Ed and Paula, tweeted, “We are heartbroken to learn that our son…has lost his life as a result of his love for the Syrian people and his desire to ease their suffering.”