Friday, September 14, 2012

To Live And Skate In Kabul

Many of you may have already seen this beautiful and intimate short film by Orlando Von Einsiedel.  It documents a program called Skateistan that was created to help empower and educate the young people of Kabul.  In a country where woman have few if any opportunity to express them selfs creatively this programs participants are %40 female.  In a sprawling facility that boasts a skate park and classrooms these kids are taught community building and leadership skills, creative arts and skateboarding....

This past weekend we were very sorry to learn of the tragic loss this organization has suffered.  On Saturday September 8 a suicide bomb detonated in a Kabul market where many children sell small items to help support their families.  Six children were killed in the explosion, four of them students and youth leaders at Skateistan.

Among those who died were 14 year old Khorshid, 17 year old Nawab, 13 year old Mohammad Eeza, one of the organizations first students and 8 year old Parwana.  

"Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity's stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth. At this critical juncture when the intractable problems confronting nations have been fused into one common concern for the whole world, failure to stem the tide of conflict and disorder would be unconscionably irresponsible."