Hey Professor Kollitz,
I’m emailing you at 1:12 AM because I saw this article earlier in the night and haven’t been able to sleep. It’s a New York Times article posted on the third of September about the only know man to survive an ISIS execution and escape alive. The text in the piece gives a standard rundown of what happened to this 23 year old man, if you can call someone so young a man. The really powerful part of the article was the video at the top of the page. I must warn you now that this video does contain graphic violence, such as footage of the actual executions, but if you can bear to sit through the violence it is a truly powerful video. When you read a news article, the most you get out of it is that “X amount of people died at Y location,” but this video shares the real horror of what ISIS is doing. When you see an image of a street crowded with people marching to their deaths, you really start to understand just how many a few hundred people are. The reality is that it’s a lot. Way more than the numerical figure can do justice.
Due to the graphic nature of the video, I leave it to your discretion to show it to your classes, or if you even decide to post it on your website for that matter. This email isn’t for the extra credit, I just felt like I had to share this really powerful piece of journalism with someone. It really changed my perspective on what is going on in that part of the world right now, and that news articles cannot even begin to describe the atrocities that are being committed. I hope this page benefits you as much as it did me.