UPDATE December 18, 2014
A year ago, terrorists entered the public school in Peshawar, Pakistan, and killed 144 children and teachers. An organization called 141 Schools has partnered with The Citizens Foundation and have launched a project to build 141 schools, one in the name of each victim of the Peshawar school massacre. They have just begun the 23rd school. You can learn more, and support this project, here at 141schools.org. You can also write a letter of support and encouragement to the children of the school. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 24th, 2015.
Source: The Human Lens
UPDATE December 18, 2014
Here is an article from The Human Lens, which explains how Pakistanis are reacting to Tuesday’s shooting. I hope you’ll take the time to check it out!
Tehreek-e-Taliban, a Pakistani militant group attempting to overthrow the government, attacked a military school in Peshawar today, Tuesday, December 16, 2014, killing at least 141 people, most of them children in grades 1-10, and wounding 121 others. The seven attackers entered the school in the morning wearing explosive vests, and began shooting. Pakistani military commandos arrived in armored troop carriers, and began returning fire. A military helicopter hovered overhead. The school has been cleared and all attackers were killed in the invasion. There were 1,099 children and staff at the school during the attack.
“My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,” wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. “My son was my dream. My dream has been killed.”
Pakistan’s Prime Minister promised that the government would continue with its plan to destroy the militants from the North Waziristan area. “The fight will continue. No one should have any doubt about it,” Sharif said.
Source: Yahoo News
You can find more information here: The Human Lens
What you can do:
- Pray for the families of the children and staff (9) who were killed.
- Pray for those recovering from their wounds.
- Pray for healing for the nation and people of Pakistan.
Father, there are no words to express the horror of a people who would attack children at their school, yet it happens more and more frequently. I pray for the families of those who were killed. I ask You to pour out Your comfort upon them. Make Your presence real in each of their lives, and heal them from their horrific pain and grief. Draw them to Yourself. Give them wisdom and courage. Guide their every step as their lives change forever. I pray for those who are wounded. Lay Your healing hand upon them, for You are the God Who Heals Us. Speak to them. Reveal Yourself to them. Encourage them, and make them into the people You created them to be. Only You, the Good God, can bring good out of such evil. I thank You for the work You are doing in Pakistan, and I ask You to pour out Yourself and Your love on that nation today and in the weeks ahead. Send light into all the dark corners, and empower the people and the government to effectively fight this Taliban evil that threatens their land. Overcome evil with Your great good. Amen