- By Cara Parks
Cara Parks is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Prior to that she was the World editor at the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and has written for The New Republic, Interview, Radar, and Publishers Weekly, among others.
We here at FP loved going through pictures of the young skateboarders for our photo essay on the kids of Skateistan, the group teaching Afghan youth to skateboard in order to build their self-esteem and foster a strong sense of community. It was heartbreaking when we learned just days later that four young members of the group — including the girl pictured above, 14-year-old Khorshid — were killed on the morning of Sept. 8 when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul.
Seventeen-year-old volunteer instructor Nawab, 13-year-old student Mohammad Eeza, and 8-year-old Parwana — who was Khorshid’s sister — were also killed in the blast. You can read more about the children on Skateistan’s website. They have collected remembrances from other students and also shared this quote from Khorshid:
If you are scared you end up doing nothing and without doing you cannot achieve anything. But if you do things, all that can happen is you succeed or fail."
Our thoughts are with the families of the victims.