My YouTube channel has around 4,500 videos, over 60 million views. There are 15 over half a million, 4 over a million, and now, for the first time, a video over 2 million. But, it’s no cause to celebrate, this is the video –
It’s Donetsk, 8th October 2014, Donetsk morgue, and simply, bodies stacked high, as Ukrainian shelling of the city went on daily. And who are they, well as the mortician says, fighters account for only 1 in 3, so it’s mainly civilians.
I had absolutely no idea the video would attract so many views. And, of course, I know that some of the views are not for the right reasons, it’s even the ‘top’ video on various ‘gore’ forums, as I’m aware.
However, from the over 2 million views, a number around double the size of Birmingham, the UK’s second city, I also believe it’s brought new information to many in a way which would not otherwise have been done. Brought information to people who wouldn’t have known about the situation any other way.
The video is absolutely graphic, shocking, many have written saying they find it too much, such a video should never have been made, uploaded. But, this is a video which has been watched by almost every country in the world which has access to the internet.
It’s a video which has been watched by countries which otherwise have no connection, or general interest, in the war in Donbass – in 2nd, and 4th place respectively, Mexico and Brazil.
Most importantly of all, it was, as with all my videos, a real video, one which shows the reality of the war in Donbass. Mass death. Civilian death. Grandmothers, grandfathers among stacked high in a morgue, victims of a war they could never have expected in their lives. Victims of shelling by a country, Ukraine, they once considered themselves citizens of. Victims in death of a city which barely had a system with which to cope with death on that scale.
So, for this video to pass 2 million is nothing to celebrate in itself. But I always hope that it showed some the reality of war in a way so visceral as to do something to prevent further death.