More than 70 people died in public at Abdul Rahim Shahid high school in Kabul but the media announced 6 dead. In the hospitals there was only death, only moans and screams. Screams of mothers, brothers, sisters, and fathers, but the doctors passed beside the dying, crying and screaming people with a smile. Everyone’s pain was related to himself and his people, it was ethnic pain. That is the pain of a Hazara who is not equal to others.
Another time in the same school of Abdul Rahim Shahid, more than 100 people died, but the media reported only 6 people in the first hours and the true statistics were never published. When an earthquake disaster happened in Badakhshan, the first report said there were 300 people missing, in the end it was found that 6 people were left under the rubble.
There was an earthquake in Paktika, the number of missing exceeded 1000, soon the countries of the world made a statement. Pakistan and Iran competed for relief, the United Nations reacted, various organizations were present in the area and even the people of Daikundi read the Qur’an and said prayers while people turned a blind eye to Balkhab and no one mourned them.
Similarly, no voice was raised to condemn an occupying group in Balkhab who slaughtered and tortured more than 50 people for being Hazaras. Women and children fled into the mountains. According to a report, 30 children died of hunger, thirst and sickness in the deserts, mountains, and plains. They died but the eyes of the world were blind.
The people in the world are not able to see the calamity. The disaster in Balkhab does not make the headlines of any newspaper in the world, the people of Balkhab are a garden. The women of Balkhab are a garden and so are their children. In Balkhab, even the clergy did not do anything to help them. Because you are a Hazara, you have to die and be finished. Even in death, no one writes a letter of condolence.
We are still full of expectations. We still think humanely. When will we be taken seriously? We have been teachers of civil society and human rights for 20 years. Intellectuals have been beating the drum for years pointing out what is happening here. Which civil institution or human rights institution finally found us? Which human rights organization has sent a reporter to this Balkhab tragedy?
This world only sees the disaster of Paktika since the world loves hollow eyes and bony noses. This world does not recognize the eyes of the Badami people, and it is sad that it is not possible to find another eye to look at the unnatural disaster of Balkhab and the death of children. The ruling group does not count even 100 deaths of Hazaras as important as one death caused by a natural calamity in Paktika.
We don’t have Eid this year. Our Eid has already been celebrated by the blood of innocent people in many parts of Afghanistan. I can’t feel the joy of Eid until the situation gets better and captives are released from prison.