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Monday, September 10, 2012


Tragic Loss at Skateistan

Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul is a beautifully shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
“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.” - Khorshid R.I.P
On the morning of Saturday September 8th a suicide attack in Kabul claimed the lives of a number of young Afghans. The bomb was detonated outside of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ, where many of the street working children of Kabul sell trinkets, scarves and chewing gum to help support their families.

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.

Skateistan is an independent, neutral Afghan non-governmental organization that works with youth from a range of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds to build trust and to provide empowerment through a combination of skateboarding and educational activities. It is based in Kabul, Afghanistan, and was established in May 2007.

Read the full story on Skateistan.

You can make a donation to skateistan now on the fundraising platform Crowdrise to help.

Additional Reading:
- Skateistan at The Economist

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Monday, September 10, 2012 




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