Two Hundred and Fifteen

A number like 215 can be hard to fully grasp, fully appreciate. Forty-three quintets. Almost eighteen dozens.

215 children is even harder to fathom.

Five pairs of children’s shoes stand empty in a line.

215 curious minds. 430 frightened eyes. 2,150 fingers grasping for help.

215 futures destroyed. And we will never know how many children, how many grandchildren, how many great-grandchildren might have been but never could.