When School is a Wish


Khurram is only 11 years old but is already roaming the streets of Lahore in eastern Pakistan. He must find a job, any job, everyday.

A little over two years ago, Khurram was going to school and his family was living inside the beautiful Swat valley in the north. Since then, the school has been blown up by Taliban fighters coming from neighboring Afghanistan and the valley is now just a battlefield where government troops are fighting back the rebels.

Hundreds of thousands have been displaced, including Khurram’s family. His father cannot find a job in Lahore and the family savings just paid enough to move away from their ancestral home. They were supposed to live with family relatives but because the place was already full of refugees, Khurram’s family had to rent a home, adding to the financial pressure.

What will be Khurram’s future? Will he be able to go back to school? For now, with resilience, he looks everyday for a new job, to help the family’s finances.

Has he heard that in some countries, attending school is as easy as waking up in the morning? If he has, I bet he would love to experience that. Via irinnews.org

Mohammad Khalil (Pakistani Driver)


He was the bus driver when the Sri Lankan national team was ambushed by terrorists last month. Risking his life, he drove the players to safety. He is now a hero in Sri Lanka. Via guardian.co.uk

Ahmed Raza Khan (Pakistani Soldier)

He protected his unit while ambushed by islamist fighters. He got wounded but what could have really hurt him happened much earlier in England. Via telegraph.co.uk