PAKISTAN, Peshawar : Pakistani children arrive at their school in Peshawar on December 20, 2014, after three days of mourning for the children and staff killed by Taliban militants in an attack on an army-run school. A Taliban massacre at a school is “Pakistan’s 9/11”, the country’s top foreign policy official told AFP, saying the assault that left 149 dead would change the country’s approach to fighting terror. AFP PHOTO / A MAJEED

At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Lahore, Pakistan today, Sunday the 15th. The bombings occurred in a neighborhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians. There have been mass protests against the killings in which protesters have beat and killed two suspected militants involved in the operation. Christians have led protests against government projects of the ruling PML-N and provincial police for their failures to protect their people. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

Bibi Aisha, 19, Afghanistan. In a practice known as “baad,” Bibi Aisha’s father promised her to a Taliban fighter when she was 6 years old as compensation for a killing that a member of her family had committed. She was married at 16 and subjected to constant abuse. At 18, she fled the abuse but was caught by police, jailed and then returned to her family. Her father-in-law, husband and three other family members took her into the mountains, cut off her nose and her ears, and left her to die. “I was a woman exchanged for someone else’s wrongdoing. [My new husband] was looking for an excuse to beat me.”

“You look too Taliban”

A gorah tried to tell me today that I should stop tying my turban (which I tie as a dumalla) “like the Taliban” and start tying a “proper turban” (the one that looks like a samosa).
















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Buddha Rises Again

The giant Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan have been rebuilt — this time with light. On Sunday June 7, fourteen years after the ancient statues were destroyed by Taliban militants, artists animated the Buddhas with 3D light projection technology, filling the empty cavities where the Buddhas once stood.

The $120,000 projector used for the installation was donated by a Chinese couple, Janson Yu and Liyan Hu. Yu and Hu were saddened by the destruction of the statues in 2001. Wanting to pay tribute, they requested permission from UNESCO and the Afghan government to do the project. 150 local people came out to see the unveiling of the holographic statues on Sunday, observing and playing music through the night.

The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century monumental statues of standing Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan. Built in 507 AD (smaller) and 554 AD (larger), the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art.

The statues were dynamited on the orders of Taliban on March 21, 2001.


Photos from the candle-lit vigil held at The University of Bradford to remember the 141 people murdered in Peshawar today by the evil Taliban. We honoured the memory of the children slain, torn from their lives far too soon. We remembered the teacher’s who gave their lives trying to protect the young ones. And we stood in solidarity with Pakistanis and terror victims around the world on this most darkest of days. I ask you to spread these images so that the memory of those killed does not disappear. Pray for those left behind with a an empty chasm in their hearts where their loved one’s once resided. Terrorism will not defeat us if we stand together as one.