CARE USA posted on Twitter this morning that upwards of 11,500 children have been killed in conflict in Syria and more than 1 Million have fled their homes. Seeing numbers like this is appalling. But really, how well can we wrap our head around such a massive amount of children who are either dead or displaced? It's similar to hearing that over 27 million men, women and children are trapped in the bonds of slavery (Kevin Bales, Disposable People). Or 345 million people in Africa without access to clean water (water.org). Can you actually visualize the impact of such brutality on so many people? The truth is, we probably hear,read, or write the statistic, reflect on it for a while, and move on with our lives. I'm not accusing people of not caring. I do believe, though, that the feelings of being overwhelmed and helpless many times trump our wildest ideas or dreams to radically change those statistics. I can remember the first time the numbers got to me. I was in college and I was 100% invested in educating my peers on the issue of trafficking. I had spent a month in Southeast Asia, I interned at an anti-trafficking organization, and I had read as many books as I could get my hands on on the topic. I knew the statistics, and they were unacceptable. However, I became completely bombarded one day with the reality of what I was fighting. I knew that trafficking wasn't just happening because kids didn't have a good home, or that they were all being kidnapped, etc. As I'd learned in Cambodia, there are systemic flaws that cause these people to fall victim to all kinds of atrocities. And for the first time, I felt like there was absolutely nothing I could do about it. I couldn't reproduce legal documents in Cambodia so that people could prove who they are and where they're from. I couldn't open a home big enough to house all the women and children who needed somewhere safe to be. The most common questions I was asked at all of my presentations and meetings was "What can I do about this." When all the doubt set in, I realized, I didn't know.