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Editor’s note: This was written for the more than fifty people killed and ninety injured on April 3 in the suicide bombing in Farah province where Taliban bombers disguised themselves as members of the Afghan army.

The innocent children – whose only hope was to wake up the next morning and play and who dreamed of the future just like any other children – took their wishes to the grave again. 

The mother looking for her children from the doorway – who didn’t know they would never be home again.  

The son, who was his family’s sole source of support, is dead.

The husband, the hope and eyes of his family, is lost. 

In a minute my nation lost more than fifty people.

What is the value of such blood in Afghanistan? What is the value of our brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers?

How careless we are; we move about and forget. 

I read a news account of twenty children and six women shot to death at a school in the U.S. Across the country, people came together to support the families, and to demand change.

When the fifteen-year-old Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban for going to school, every school in Pakistan sent its prayers, the nation gathered behind her, and the United Nations arranged for her medical treatment at the best hospitals.

Where was the world when Anisa from Afghanistan was shot? Even in her own country, there was no outcry. We lose girls every day. And the world is quiet.

The people of Afghanistan stay silent. The people in power keep their own children safe in the best houses or send them to other countries. This is the value of our blood. 

It is up to us. The government or the U.N. will not do it. But I am afraid. I am afraid of the men who keep me from standing up. If a girl cannot even walk the streets freely in the afternoon, how can she find the courage to speak out?  

Today my nation lost more than fifty people.

By Hila G.

Afghans bury their dead loved ones on the outskirts of Farah, western Afghanistan, Thursday, April 4, 2013. Suicide bombers disguised as Afghan soldiers stormed a courthouse Wednesday in a failed bid to free more than a dozen Taliban prisoners in western Afghanistan, officials said. Scores of people, including the attackers were reported killed in the fighting. The assault in Farah province was the latest example of the Taliban’s ability to strike official institutions despite tight security measures. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)