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A brave doctor and a snarky nun

Women light up a documentary on a war hospital in Syria and the British miniseries Dracula

Our ability to feel for others' suffering follows a logic of its own: the plight of nameless thousands often evokes less sympathy than that of a few, and the longer a war rages on, the more our horror dims.

This is regrettably true of the ongoing conflict in Syria and the 115,000 or so civilians thought to have been killed since 2011, including some 22,000 children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2020, with the headline 'A brave doctor and a snarky nun'. Subscribe