One week ago, over 20 people were killed in an attack on a university in Pakistan.
It is just another example of a seemingly endless wave of violence sweeping through the Middle East.
Now, students at the University of Manitoba are joining in solidarity to that terrorism will not be tolerated. The University of Manitoba Pakistani Students Association held a candlelight vigil and moment of silence Wednesday night to send a message of peace and harmony. Roughly 50 students from various multicultural student groups gathered together.
“Whatever is happening in Syria, Afghanistan, everywhere, we are spreading a message that this menace should be eliminated forever,’ says UMPSA President Masroor Khann. “The world has to unite. This is not only one country’s war, this is not just one army’s war, this is the world’s war. To make the world a better place for the future generations to come, to make it a centre of peace and harmony in which everyone can live happily and prosperously.”
A similar vigil was held last year after the Peshawar school was attacked, killing 148 people and making worldwide headlines. Khann says institutes of education are the best places to spread awareness and jumpstart change.
“University is the best place, in my opinion, to create awareness among the new generation that has to take over everything. The students are the most powerful body to spread a message. The education, it’s power. It brings revolutions.”
Khann, who is from Pakistan, says we cannot feel the pain of the victims and their families. He wants people to know that what is happening in the Middle East is not acceptable by any religion and cannot be stopped by killing the terrorists, but through education.