posted on Sep, 17 2012 @ 07:24 PM
On September 8th near the entrance to Camp Eggers in the ISAF compound in Kabul, a small group of children and teenagers who were part of the
non-profit organization Skateistan
were selling trinkets and chewing gum to to the civilians and officers in the
compound before they were to go to school in the afternoon. They did this regularly in an attempt to make some small amount of money to help their
poverty stricken families.
As one of the teenagers part of the group walked a short distance away to retrieve water from a well, he heard a loud bang and was thrown to the
ground. When he opened his eyes, he saw the bodies of his friends lying on the ground. He ran towards them crying in anguish, but police stopped him
from putting himself through more pain placed him in car to be taken to the hospital with other survivors of the explosion.
A tragic loss
Shortly before the explosion a 13 year old boy walked through a number of heavily guarded check points towards the ISAF compound in Kobul carrying
only a backpack, once near the entrance of Camp Eggers and only a few meters away from the Skateistan group he detonated the explosive he was carrying
in is backpack.
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According to reports, this was the 55th suicide bombing in Afghanistan this year.
The level of violence and death in the middle east is disturbing to say the least, but this event specifically has impacted me greatly. These children
tried desperately to provide a safe and educational environment for other young people in Kabul, they tried to preserve innocence in a place where
pain and suffering are as common as a hot day. These children did not know what it was like to live in a place where you can walk out the door and not
fear being killed, they did not know what it was like to live in a place where equality and tolerance were accepted and ignorance and hate denied, but
they wanted to create that place...a peaceful Afghanistan.
I say to all the victims of this tragedy and their families, please continue and strive for peace and don't be weighed down by the chains of hate
which criminals wear with pride, continue to spread the message of tolerance those children who died that day expressed throughout their short lives.