This impressive photo of the five-year-old Syrian, Omran Daqneesh, badly wounded and sitting in a daze in the back of an ambulance, shocked and moved the world’s public opinion. Many tears were shed, in the form of comments and lamentations. However, the battle for the control of the key and symbolic city of Aleppo, which began in 2012, is going on and on, and forces a population of two million to live in an almost permanent state of siege and be an easy target for the attacks of President Assad’s government forces, which now have as allies the Russian planes, and all the alarm bells had often sounded before the family house of Omran was completely destroyed by the air bombings. Meanwhile, not far away in Yemen—the closest piece of land to East Africa—a silent and very similar crisis is going on. Instead of doing something, the two most significant powers at the origin of the present Middle East carnage, Great Britain and the United States of America, keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia, generally credited with being the greater instigator of regional conflicts, fundamentalism and global terrorism. Yes, we can shed real tears over the fate of Omran, just an icon of human suffering. If we don’t try at least to raise our voices in a call for peace, humanitarian aid and a real shelter for the refugees, we can be seen as guilty bystanders, shedding just a few crocodile tears. As wrote Terence, a wise man born in Africa more than a century BC, “I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me.”