‘We need to accept people for who they are.’

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“It was 23rd May 2016 when I reached home to see my cousin sprawled on the ground in front of my gate with a large crowd surrounding him. He’d been fatally shot. I can never forget how his two year old son looked up to me and said “Kiya hua hai? Kiya Baba marr gaye hain?” (“What has happened? Is Baba dead?”)

Sectarian killing is an immense issue in this society. One group blames the other and it’s a never ending cycle. People came up to our family on his funeral and actually had the nerve to point out how it was usual for Shiites to face this. Like it’s taken for granted that this will happen to us. But I have never blamed anyone for the incident. Retaliating and wishing the same upon the other sect won’t even anything out.

After this, I realized how important it is to spread love, instead of hate. We need to accept people for who they are and what they believe in. We are all humans and we are all different. Why can’t people just be okay with that?”

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