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Skateistan lose skate kids to tragic suicide bombing

This is the most tragic news you will ever read on here coming straight from the blog of the Skateistan camp in Afghanistan. Our thoughts go out to all of the people connected with the project, family and friends as this news is totally unjust and heart breaking to even write on here today.

“On the morning of Saturday September 8th a suicide attack in Kabul claimed the lives of a number of young Afghans. The bomb was detonated outside of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ, where many of the street working children of Kabul sell trinkets, scarves and chewing gum to help support their families.”

“We are very sad to learn that of the six young children confirmed to have passed away, four of them were students, volunteers and youth leaders at Skateistan, who were well-loved and well-known faces for the entire team in Kabul. It is therefore with great pain and heavy hearts that we share our memories of children who were not just victims of senseless violence, but also beautiful human beings who will never be forgotten by their teachers, peers, co-workers, students, friends or family.

Read the full story here.

Photo: Mohammad Eeza (age 13, left)– As one of the original Skateistan students, Eeza joined lessons at the Mekroyan fountain in 2009 before the skatepark was built, along with his younger brother Subhanullah. His teachers remember him as an enthusiastic and keen young student at Skateistan.