By: Shukria Kohistani
Following car bomb attack on a school in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area, a number of families are still looking for signs of missing victims.
Saleem, 35, is looking for any signs of Shukria, who is missing following the car bomb explosion in the area. Her members of family and relatives were looking the whole night to find any single sign of her.
They double-checked all hospitals in Kabul, lists of victims and dead bodies in hospitals. They failed to find their daughter Shukria.
On early Sunday morning, Shukria’s family and relatives divided into two groups; the first group started to check once again all hospitals that had received victims of the blast on the first day of the explosion. The other group went to search the explosion scene to find any signs of the victim. Saleem’s family has found one of the two shoes, but they are sure if it belongs to Shukria.
Safora, 14, left home for searching a number of her classmates who’re still missing following the car bomb explosion on Saturday afternoon. On the day of the explosion, Safora had walked away of the school when heard the explosion. What she saw then was black smoke on the school gate. She head continuous outcry of students and girls. Safora thought among those crying were also her sisters; therefore, she rushed towards the school to find her sisters.
While rushing towards the school, the second explosion took place in vicinity of the school. She stopped and changed her direction towards home. Fortunately, she safely arrived and got home.
Her sister had already got home, but one was missing. Her other sister also returned late that night. She did not know what happened to her classmates; therefore, she came to see and find her classmates, but she could not.
Habibullah, a middle-aged man, was sitting in his home in nearby the Sayed al Shuhada high school when heard the explosion. At first, he thought the electricity junction exploded, but when he heard the second and third explosions, he thought he was wrong; therefore, he rushed to see what happened outside. When he got out from his home, he saw girls screaming and all scattered around the open area out of the school gate.
For two hours, there were any police and ambulances to take the victims to nearby hospitals. Local people started to evacuate those injured to nearby hospital. Many parents collected bloodstained notebooks, books, bags, and pens belonging to their slain daughters who would no longer need them.
“Only this has remained from her. Nothing more is in this notebook, except some English words,” said Shir Hazara, a relative of a victim. “This notebook has been stained with the martyr who owned it.”
Atifa, 13, who lost her life in the attack, was interested in becoming an architect to change her family’s life for the better.
“We searched until 11 pm at night but we could not find her. We found her at 12 am at Ali Jinnah Hospital,” said Atifa’s father Mohammad Nasir who is a painter. Over 60 victims of the school bombing—most of whom were students and younger than 18 years old— were buried on a hill in the west of Kabul on Sunday, a day after the deadly attack.
Their families said that most of the victims were teenage girls who studied at Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School in Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul’s District 13.
These girls, their families said, were faced with many hardships but were eager to pursue their studies and make a brighter future for themselves.
The attack on the school has been faced with condemnation of world countries. Afghanistan government has strongly condemned the attack and blamed the Taliban for killing innocent civilians in the country. The government has declared Tuesday as national mourning day for the victims of the Kabul and Logar bombings, which killed dozens of students.
A funeral will be held for the martyrs around the country and government representatives to other countries of the world.