Mourning Orlando’s Loss from Kabul

The senseless killings in Orlando on Sunday are a brutal reminder of the shared challenge we—I mean all citizens of the world—face in confronting violence and intolerance. Here in Kabul, it felt so shocking, so sad, and so personal to see the weekend’s victims in Orlando targeted because of their supposed difference. We know how difficult it is to be “different” in this part of the world; people are persecuted, attacked, and isolated because of this difference.

I understand people in Orlando and elsewhere in the United States will be angry and afraid after the weekend’s attacks. The situations in Afghanistan and the United States are clearly very different, but the emotions are universal.

I, too, fear for the lives of my loved ones. With every suicide attack and explosion in Kabul, I frantically pick up the phone to call my family. At every traffic jam, I worry about a suicide attack. Despite all of this, I want to live in Afghanistan. I believe in my country and my people. This is our country, and only we can change its destiny.

In the aftermath of the Orlando attacks, it is my wish that the American people can respond with resilience, patience, and hope. Fear and anger will only leave you feeling empty and exhausted. Nothing more. It leads to despair and defeat. 

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We must build a seamless society of tolerance, love and acceptance!

what a touching Pic.
Great. Let's have a heart that someone in Kabul is with the dead.

I pray for peace and a shared humanity. Let us distill hatred with kindness, anger with forgiveness and despair with hope for a better tomorrow. I pray for all victims of violence. May goodness overcome.

we cant afford brutality played in orlando,OR any where in the world , afghani Government or their national not remain more trust worth , after rusian attacked to Afghanistan we given asylum them but now then fight with us . VOICE FROM PAKISTAN

I deeply appreciate this clearly partial stance from the author in Kabul. As a feminist I know that violence and discrimination against women and girls is based only on the fact of our being "different", i.e. being female - and not male. The dominant gender in this dichotomy. Depreciating "the Other" as inferior, automatically implies superiority. This is the logic in misogyny, antisemitism, xenophobia and racism, nationalism, antimuslim and homophobic attitudes.
All of us - being different in one or another way - have a multitude of good reasons to oppose this kind of thinking. And all of us should proactively condemn such acts of pure brutality. To respect human beings regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation must clearly be in the interest of all of us who are "different"! As those who are "different" we benefit from solidary acts in face of any kind of segregation, and these strengthen our fight against intolerance and insularity - as we all and always are weakened by such acts of brutality and hatred!
Those perpetrators stand against and object to any kind of “being different": Against the girl in Herat who opposes getting pressured into a forced marriage, against the woman activist in Kabul and against who and wherever one fights for the pure right of her sisters for access to justice.
We all are different and we all are the same.
Therefore, our solidarity must embrace all those people who are defined as being “different” by people like the perpetrator of Orlando. Who would know this better than women and girls suffering from gender based violence and segregation in Afghanistan?
Monika Hauser, executive member of the board, medica mondiale, Germany

Its very pathetic,much as I extends my deep condolence to all the bereaved families of Orlando victims,I think the remaining or the surviving class need to ensure tight security if they still wish to continue such club activities since perpetrators may not relax.God help the world.
much regards.

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