photos from the DC vigil for the children of Peshawar in Dupont Circle
They went to school and never came back…
Often we think of school as a safe place for our children, and our hearts are at ease that they’ll be ok there. But that was proven wrong again on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 with the horrific acts against the innocent children of Peshawar, Pakistan. 132 children were killed mercilessly by the Taliban during their school day. Many more children and teachers were injured and are still in critical condition. What was their crime? Children are the most innocent human beings. They are just learning the world and dreaming as they go on. So why were they killed? Their parents dropped them off at school and waved them good-bye. These children entered school just like any other day in their clean uniforms and cheery smiles. Little did they know that they would face the most horrific atrocities of the time that day.
Let’s not forget those who are in pain and those who lost their beloved ones. Pray for Peshawar
Well, that was a waste of time: Over the span of nine months, a “phantom planter” in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood has been planting flowers throughout the iconic metro station entrance on the north side of the circle. Days after the mysterious planter came forward—local garden artist Henry Docter—the WMATA system showed exactly how much it cared about the feat. Rather than letting the flowers bloom—creating a red, white, and blue flourish at the station—the metro system removed the flowers entirely last weekend, days after citing safety concerns. (The rogue planter said he would use his own equipment and wouldn’t sue if he got hurt.) “It never occurred to me that Metro would think it was more efficient to rip out the plants than to let someone water them,” Docter told The Washington Post.
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