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.
Among the dead: Khorshid, a 14-year-old skate instructor. Her name means “happy” in English.
She knew what she wanted in life and wasn’t afraid to fight for it despite having more responsibilities and sorrows than a child should ever have.
Khorshid’s 8-year-old sister Parwana also died in the attack. Parwana had just enrolled in Skateistan last week.
Small and adorable Parwana instantly brought a smile to everyone’s face. She was always under the watchful eye of Khorshid or another sibling, but also emanated her own unique personality and light.
Nawab, a 17-year-old volunteer instructor.
Nawab was extremely well-respected by the other kids he spent the days working with and watching over, and by everyone at Skateistan.
Mohammad Eeza, a 13-year-old student (left).
His teachers remember him as an enthusiastic and keen young student at Skateistan.