As we stood in the middle of the university hall, with candles lit in our hands and papers with words that read ” pray for Peshawar “, leaning towards each other for support . 5 minutes of silence was asked of us in solidarity with the victims of insurgencies across Pakistan, Yemen, Nigeria and all around the globe. We prayed and prayed, some with their eyes open, the tears kept rushing down their cheeks, while others fought the urge to let it all flow out. Surely, no humanistic religion in the world supports these atrocious and vile acts against humanity.

“They were children”, I kept telling myself, “human beings”. A mother’s loss of a child is beyond any imaginable pain. These children were loved and you snatched their lives away. Mothers, fathers lost their precious little angels. All the pain, all the horror, all the tragedy. Bullets flew and pierced their body organs, bombs went off and annihilated their normal human forms and after you were done, you left them drowning in their own cold blood. These children are , were the leaders of tomorrow but you didn’t care ,and if you killed them off hundreds after hundreds then all hope in humanity would be completely lost, not that there is any left. We have failed them, our leaders have failed to protect them. I wish I could do more to help save the children of the world, we all do, though we are but powerless, our prayers will not go in vain.

Before we were Pakistanis , Yemenis , Nigerians , Americans or Mexicans. Before we were Muslims , Christians or atheists, we were human beings first and if we do not realize that and care for one another then our humanity is forever lost. Our sole purpose of living is diminished and we become nothing other than the walking dead. So, light your candles up in solidarity with the victims and say a prayer.

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