Wendy Johnson’s Message for Prof. Saba Dashtyari Memorial Reference in Toronto


Since the assassination of Professor Dashtyari on June 1, I have added 20 dead to the database I maintain of Baloch missing and murdered. While I did not know Professor Dashtiyari personally, I know many who did.  And I am all too familiar with their deep anguish, for I have seen how my friends suffer over the loss of each and every Baloch.  And as I add names to this database, it leaves me wondering: How much suffering can a people take?

The loss of Professor Dashtiyari is an immeasurable one for what he had to offer the Baloch was priceless: education and wisdom. But his loss was not in vain. Professor Dashtiyari counts as one of our planet’s most important persons, for his life embodied the Greek proverb that conveys the secret to our very survival. It reads like this:

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

No one will enjoy another evening, sitting under a tree, chatting with the good Professor again, but all of humanity will benefit from the trees he so lovingly planted during his lifetime.

And so we bid yet another friend a loving farewell and must take heart knowing that the trees he planted in his all-too-short lifetime will bear great fruits and protective shade for those who follow.

Wendy Johnson, New York

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  1. Pingback: Prof. Saba Dashtyari Honoured for his Role as the Cultural Icon for the Baloch Freedom Struggle at the Toronto Gathering | Baluch Sarmachar

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