Simply put, war sucks.
It’s easy to go about our days living in perpetual escape mode from our own relatively unterrible existences by being mired in YouTube, social media, technology and other hyperrealities, but some people just can’t escape.
In a new video from Save the Children, the London-based INGO shows what war could look like for an English child — a suitable stand-in for any privileged child born in the Western world. The video, titled “Most Shocking Second a Day Video,” uses the second-a-day video technique wherein a recorded second of each day is played in chronological order until there’s a minutes-long narrative that encapsulates a longer span of time.
Save the Children is using the video to raise awareness, and funds, for their campaign to support Syrian children. If you didn’t know, Syria is embroiled in a years-long civil war that’s killed and displaced millions. Also, in the case that you didn’t know that, you should probably subtract the time used in watching one of your Let’s Plays a day and then transfer that time over to perusing a news site (technically, NMR is a news site — I didn’t specify what kind of news). Anyhow, Save the Children has only managed to raise less than $9,000 of their measly $15,000 goal at the time of this writing, so go donate here. I used the word “measly” in the previous sentence to describe their $15,000 goal, but that’s pretending I don’t make $15 and a Del Taco coupon per year at NMR. [breaks out the guitar] Mamas don’t let your kids grow up to be new media journalists …