War and Pieces


I am sure you all remember the photo of a Syrian child that came out a couple of years back. It has haunted me for a long time now.

I am talking about this one:

syrian child

This is an innocent child of about 4 years of age who thought the lens of a camera was a barrel of a gun about to kill her and put her hands up in surrender.

How does this not break one’s heart?

Can you imagine the horrors this child has seen in her small stint on the Earth to be afraid of anything pointed at her? She mistook a camera for a gun, for God’s sake!

She must have seen more blood and dead bodies than what we see on our crime shows of television. It must have broken her faith in humans for ever.

How will she ever again believe in fairies, or angels or even chocolates? If you hold anything out to her, more times than one, she may be afraid to touch it for the fear it will blow up in her face.

That’s what War does to people.

It just breaks the inner human of every single person into a million pieces forever.

If you look back on the history of mankind from the time history has been written, you will find it filled with wars, some small and some so big that they changed the course of history.

The reasons for the wars may be different but the result of each and every war is the same: Broken children.

We are producing generation after generation of broken humans.

When will we learn?


Written for the prompt “War and Pieces” as a part of BarAThon by BlogARhythm on 23 Jun 2017




14 Comments Add yours

  1. Balaka says:

    Oh!! you hit the bull’s eye on your take of the prompt…I feel so helpless looking at these kids…the world is just watching and doing nothing.

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  2. L.E.R.T says:

    Beautifully written. Wars are completely pointless. Though the majority know it, doesn’t make even a little difference to the world. Greed and jealousy drives the world and we are there just for the ride.

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  3. Shilpa Garg says:

    This picture is truly heart breaking. The effects of war on people are truly devastating.Wonder when we will learn to live in peace and harmony. A thought provoking take on the prompt!


    1. Meena says:

      Thank you so much. Thanks for stopping by


  4. Madhu says:

    Well said Meena …. Broken humans !!
    Frustration , jealous, greed , anger all these negative qualities lead to chaotic deeds which destroy the peace of the whole world , especially when the child goes through bitter experiences he shrinks in fear this seems very bad . All should try to bring a ray of hope with positive thinking for the survival of mankind .

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  5. Agony filled my heart when I read and see this pic.. its true that every war’s result is broken children and we grown ups are doing it again and again with different names for different reasons.. .

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    1. Meena says:

      Yes indeed.


  6. I felt so bad when saw that picture for the first time.. as a human as a mother felt pain deep inside me. Greed, hunger, power struggle all these things are so temporary still mankind is going crazy after it.
    Loved your take on it.

    Here’s mine


    1. Meena says:

      Thank you. Will surely see yours too


  7. Heart wrenching… So many lives destroyed before they have a chance to see, understand, learn anything. Well written post…


  8. Shashi says:

    Poignant and thought-provoking!

    Liked by 1 person

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