It’s vital for people to know and understand the things happening in their community, cities and country; whether it’s poverty in their neighborhood, under-funded schools or something President Donald Trump has said.

Most Americans will eventually hear about the mass shootings occurring in large United States cities or a school bus overturning, leading to student deaths.

While these are all tragic incidents that happen in our country, people need to be more aware of the atrocities and deaths happening outside of their communities and cities.

Imagine a CNN or FOX News headline reading “Dozens of young American girls locked inside a government-ran home burned alive,” or “51 people, including 40 American children, killed in an airstrike.”

There would be protests and riots throughout the nation. Arrests would be made and it would be the topic of discussion in campus classes and during family dinners.

Here’s something that most people won’t, or probably don’t, know happened in 2017 in Guatemala, a nation marked by extreme poverty, violence and sexual abuse of women.

Dozens of young girls had been rounded up into a facility after a mass escape attempt by the children due to the horrid and dangerous environment. They were locked in a classroom meant for only a few people; they made a latrine out of two mattresses because they had no access to a bathroom.

Hours later, one girl lit a match with the assumption that a fire might force the police to let them out of the building.

Dozens of police officers argued over whether their supervisor, who was 10 feet away, should unlock the door.

It didn’t happen.

Forty-one young girls were killed, the fire searing their flesh; the smoke suffocating those who were lucky not to be burned alive. Their screams could be heard outside.

Five people have been arrested for this tragic incident, not including the police officer who refused to open the doors.

A review of more than two dozen case files of the victims from government officials reveal a pattern of physical, sexual and psychological abuses stretching back years. How many Americans are outraged about this tragedy?

Here’s another incident many Americans probably don’t know about.

Yemen is in the midst of a civil war with the U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, leading the bombardment against rebel forces.

Last August, a Saudi warplane hit a bus carrying children on a summer school excursion in Saada, Yemen. Not soldiers, not arms shipments or supplies, but young kids who had a hopeful future.

Fifty-one people, 40 of them children, were killed. According to the International Red Cross, “… their medical team at the al-Tahl hospital received the bodies of 29 children, all aged under 15. The hospital also treated 48 injured patients of whom 30 were children.”

The bomb that killed those children were made in an American factory.

Social and political critic Noam Chomsky and economist and media critic Edward Herman described in their book “Manufacturing “Consent” a term called “worthy and unworthy victims,” which criticizes American media outlets for their lack of coverage of the deaths of tens of thousands of people around the globe.

Although the book focuses on a propaganda model of influence by U.S. media outlets, among other media critiques, the lack of coverage of the aforementioned tragedies is a clear example of Chomsky and Herman critiques.

Although our days are preoccupied with our jobs, sports or the next vacation we’ll go on, everyone should take a few minutes out of their day to see what the world is like outside of their bubble, what ridiculous tweet Trump has posted or the drama surrounding the Grammys.

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