They Went to School and Never Came Back

Sister Zeph
Posted December 18, 2014 from Pakistan

It has been three days that on TV, on internet and on the faces of every human being in my surrounding there is a mourn, it feels like everything is weeping in silence. I feel myself like I am living but I am not alive. When I look at these faces, their smiles and know that we cannot see them again, I feel like my heart is died inside. When I go to my center students ask me why it happened. What was the reason? What was their crime, can it happen to any child in Pakistan? Who will protect us? What we should do to be protected? There is a kind of terror. I live in Punjab hundreds of miles far from the Peshawar but feel like my heart is there with them. There is only one thing which is being heard from everybody on TV, on print media, on social media that any human cannot do such thing. Everywhere in every corner of the Pakistan people are sad they are weeping, they are praying and for the first time in my life I saw such unity in the people of Pakistan, today we are not divided on the bases of religion, cast, faith, color and area of living, we are all crying on this lose we are all one, we are all determined to end the terrorism from our country. We will never see these children smiling again, we will never see these full of life faces again, but it does not make us scared, they are our heroes, they are not dead they will always remain alive in our hearts. Terrorists thought that they have made us scared and we will stop sending our children to the schools, No they were not correct they could not stop us. We are most powerful and United then ever.

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Bharti Singh Chauhan
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014

Its difficult time zeph, but the whole world is in a shock. We share your Grief, We are with whole Pakistan. U are not alone

Sister Zeph
Dec 18, 2014
Dec 18, 2014

Thank you my dear Bharti for you kind words and for all the support , how the India has showed their support at this hard time with Pakistan it is very appreciated

Eliza Gilmore
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 19, 2014

Sister Zeph,

Thank you for sharing, for opening up, and for writing about the tragic events that happened on Tuesday. I hope you are finding ways to feel supported and to cultivate inner peace, how you can, in the aftermath of such incomprehensible cruelty. As your heart is with all who are grieving right now, please also know my heart is with you. We are here and will continue to listen, ever eager to support you. Your voice is critical and beautiful and we are so grateful to know it.

In Sisterhood, Eliza

Terry Mullins
Dec 20, 2014
Dec 20, 2014

Dearest Sister Zeph - this tragedy is so hard to accept. Your words are so very powerful...I feel your pain these many thousands of miles away. Please know you are ALL in my thoughts and prayers.

In love and PEACE, Terry

Tiffany Purn
Dec 22, 2014
Dec 22, 2014

Sister Zeph -

Your message reminds me of how expansive grief and loss can stand alongside absolute determination and power. I am not sure what is more powerful than matching violence and separation with the power of unity and the collective.

JaniceW
Dec 26, 2014
Dec 26, 2014

Sister Zeph,

News of this tragedy tore through my heart. I cannot imagine the grief of the parents, the family members, the teachers, the community. Although we would never wish to see such senseless loss again, those precious souls have united the country as you said, across religion, communities, caste, and beliefs.

Maybe through our grief and through our horror, this event will make us pause and consider how we view others and what makes such hate live on. Maybe through it all, we will stop to think about what prompts such people to act in this way and how can we open up dialogues with them to pierce the hate and reveal our similarities, not differences. Maybe through it all we can show that, like them, we love our children and only want the best for them.

It is a dream but doesn't everything start with a dream?

Rahal
Dec 27, 2014
Dec 27, 2014

Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi my dearest sister Zeph,

The following days and nights will find you and the people of Pakistan in my duaa. My heart grieves with yours. I have nothing more valuable than my children. Imagining a life without them brings immediate tears to my eyes. Gifts and trivial holiday celebrations are not utmost on my mind. My thoughts are with those who bear the burden of suffering terrorist attacks. Loss is the common denominator of humankind. None of us are exempt. It hurts me terribly that I am safe while other mothers and children must face this terror. It makes me wonder what it is that I can do to help. For now, I will continue to make duaa for the victims, for the survivors and for the perpetrators to stop. You are very strong. I admire your resolve. Peace be upon you and yours Sister Zeph.

Sincerely, Rahal

Cali gal Michelle
Jan 13, 2015
Jan 13, 2015

Sister Zeph- Heartbreaking is not a strong enough word to describe this tragedy. Times like these makes humanity seem hopeless. Yet I must hold on to hope somehow....that peace and justice will come, and until that time there will be moments of Mercy.

Mercy, come quickly.

maia
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 18, 2015

My heart grieves for you and I can tell only that only hope may help you....u know I lost my two years old sister in cancer and it was very difficult to live through those times but you know, time can heal and my all prayers are for you..

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Jan 18, 2015
Jan 18, 2015

Dear Sister Zeph,

I hear you, as do many other women, some mothers, some not. I send strong prayers that these children have found freedom and eventually joy and peace, in a kinder, better place. It is all so grotesquely, appallingly unfair. May angels -- human or divine -- find them, protect them and and stay by them in eternal life. With Sorrow, Rev. Sarah

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