Thu, 25 Feb, 2021

The Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest

By Dipesh Poudel

“They went to school to get education and become great men, instead they got bullets and became dead men.” 16 December 2014 became one of the tragic days in the history of mankind. It started out as just another Tuesday for the Army Public School in Peshawar but soon it all changed. At about 10:00 local time (05:00 GMT), seven members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) all equipped with guns and explosive vests managed to enter the premises of the school. Soon shots were heard from the front of the school's main hall, which houses the auditorium. The gunmen then burst into the building where a military team was conducting first-aid training for students between the ages of 14 and 16. Around 100 children were reportedly killed in the auditorium. Then the gunmen went from classroom to classroom shooting children. According to witnesses, Principal Tahira Qazi helped a number of children escape before she was killed when her office was hit by a suicide bomber. [caption id="attachment_3546" align="aligncenter" width="616"]Peshawar Attack Photo Courtesy: Google[/caption] In this attack 141 people were killed. Most of them were school children ranging between eight and eighteen years of age. A rescue operation was launched by the Pakistan Army's Special Services Group (SSG) special forces, who killed all seven terrorists and rescued 960 people. The day after the attack Peshawar buried its dead and the world extended heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. There is no word in the dictionary of any language that can describe how inhumane this attack was. We cannot change what has happened, but we can make sure such things never happen again. We can try to rub tears from the cheeks of families who have lost their beloved ones. We can give them a shoulder to carry the coffins because the smallest coffins are the heaviest ones. Humanity is the religion of all mankind so we all should try and help those people in every possible way.  Let us all unite to fight against demons hiding under the skin of human beings.