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Why Us Children?

Updated on December 16, 2014

What Wrong Have I Done?

I ask them desperately time and again-why have you lined me up in the classroom with my other friends and hold a gun in front of me? Why do you shoot us down randomly at school just to make your point? Why do you need to kill us at Columbine, Dunblane, Erfurt, Newton or at Red Lake in Minnesota? If you have a problem, that's not ours. We are still happily unaware of what problems really are for we haven't gone that far in our lives. We still dream-of a world held together in peace, love and respect and admiration of what surrounds us.

What do we know of radicalism or purism of a religion? What have we got to do with the religious affiliations of our parents or the work that they have to do to feed us and send us to school? What do we know of your problems and your inner turmoils? What have we got to do with them anyway?

Why Beslan, why Peshawar, why Nigeria, why Kenya, why my schools? Why do you need to kill 125 of us at Peshawar to drive home a point? What wrong have we done and how have we disturbed your beliefs to shoot that gun you hold in front of us? Why do you have to retaliate and kill us for something that the world has seemingly done to you?

In Beslan, we were simply celebrating the first day of school year when you walked in and held nearly a thousand of my friends, teachers and parents hostage. You killed 300 of us for something that we were not aware of. You again walked into my school at Peshawar in army uniforms. We ran to you for inspiration and hope, aspiring to be something like you some day. Instead, you mined our school, our playground, and the walls surrounding the school. You lined us up in our classrooms and segregated us by our age and the work that our fathers did. If we were above sixteen and our father was working for the army, you simply shot us down without blinking an eyelid. You killed nearly 150 of us-for something that we are still not aware of. Why? In the name of which God?

Why did Nurpashi Kulaev, the only surviving terrorist from the group that attacked the school in Beslan 10 years ago have no regrets and said that he didn't feel guilty for the massacre of children and women? What harm did we do to his beliefs or his friends? Why did the Taliban in Pakistan have to massacre us to drive home a point, and later justify their action that this was a befitting retribution for the army targeting their families? Why did Muhammad Umar Khorasani from the Pakistan Taliban proclaim proudly to the world that their suicide bombers had been instructed not to harm children who had yet to attain puberty, yet randomly kill children beyond the age of sixteen since they were legitimate targets of the attack? What world has the sixteen-year-old seen to be gunned down so brutally? Does he not sound hauntingly similar to the perpetrators of the Beslan massacre in Russia some 10 years ago? Or why did you have to walk in my school at Newton, Adam Lanza, and shoot 20 of us children down and also kill six of our favorite teachers? What harm did we ever do to you?

We play-sometimes soccer, sometimes cricket, sometimes just jump at the joy of being alive and unaffected by the world around us. We run, we learn, we chase, we laugh, we pray not knowing who we are praying to, we study to aspire, we aspire to change the world one day. What do we do to you to hate us so? Does killing us make you any braver? Why? Why is there so much hatred in you?

Why do you do this to yourself? Why?


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    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Saqib for reading this. This was written just after the Peshawar massacre. Satan in English is also called Shaitan in Arabic, Urdu and Persian. In India, we also call the Devil Shaitan. It must take multiple Shaitans to gun down innocent children. This is not the handiwork of religious sentiments but a case of shaitan overpowering saner senses.

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      3 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      Very moving hub indeed Dip, Children are the extreme of innocence. Their clean eyes are a testimony to this fact. There can never be any bravery in the most cowardly act of aiming at children.

      Appreciated !

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      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks again Iris.

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      Cristen Iris 

      3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This is excellent! It's such an important issue and you did a beautiful job asking the question from a child's perspective. This will stick with me.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks everyone for sharing my grief. The world will surely be a better place without these lunatics.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks everyone for sharing my grief. The world will surely be a better place without these lunatics.

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      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very heart-wrenching incident indeed! I don't understand any of these evil acts of committing such cold blooded murder of precious innocent lives by these cowards. Unbearable!

      I mourn along with my brothers and sisters in Pakistan. Peace~

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks everyone for reading this and sharing my grief about this absurdity.

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      Mothers of Nations 

      3 years ago

      My Lord, I plead the Psalm 91 hedge of protection upon all the children across the globe. I bind and rebuke all evil away from them, in Jesus's name! I pray Your heavenly angels would encamp round about them in protection in every moment. I pray every chain is broken, in Jesus's name! I pray everyone would seek You, find You, keep You and share You with others. Thank You Lord because I know this prayer will be answered. Thank You for all that You are! In Jesus's name I pray, Amen*

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      3 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      I think they kill the children because they know it will hurt everyone worse. People don't care about adults being murdered all that much, but they care about children much, much more. Killing them is the most painful thing, death for death, that they could possibly do to those they wish to destroy.

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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i find that kids are the innocent party and yet the killers use kids just to get their way

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      Emily Tack 

      3 years ago from USA

      That is a question I ask myself over and over again. "Why the children?" What type of cowards deliberately take the lives of innocent children? What evil must lurk in their hearts! Have they no children of their own? Do they not have sisters, brothers, nephews, nieces, cousins?

      Children are such an easy target, they have no weapons to fight back, and usually have no knowledge that an attack is imminent. How could the massacre of children possibly benefit any cause - religious or political - really?

      Incidents such as these are simply horrible, heinous, and heartbreaking.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Pollyana Jones. A sad world that we live in.

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      Pollyanna Jones 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      It is heartbreaking that murderous evil-doers carry out such attacks. Thank you for writing this, I will be sharing this on my FB page. It is a powerful piece.

    • Dip Mtra profile imageAUTHOR

      Dip Mtra 

      3 years ago from World Citizen

      Thanks Jodah for reading this. I still cannot make out why these guys have to kill children to make their point. They are the softest of the soft targets ever. Which religion preaches to kill children? What tells you to walk into your school and kill your classmates simply because a girl has spurned your advances? If this is happening now in this modern world, I wonder what our children or theirs have to live through.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very important hub Dip Mitral and a good question "Why?" The reasons these crazy men/boys kill innocent children in the name of a God or because society has not treated them the way they would like is beyond reason. I don't know any religion that encourages murder and if they are so dissolutions with their lives they can end their own rather than the lives of others. Thank you for this wonderfully written article. Voted up and sharing.


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