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Violence takes its toll on Lyari’s children – by Ammar Shahbazi

They see the violence as routine behaviour, which hinders the development of compassion and kindness in their hearts

A day after his elder brother Hammad was crushed under the wheels of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) near the Lyari Degree College, seven-year-old Habibullah was reciting verses from the Holy Quran in his two-room apartment. All of a sudden, he let out a loud shriek, and burst into tears.

His mother Sajida came running from the next room and hugged her son. “They used to go to the Madrassah together every day”, she says choking back her emotion. “They would come home and memorise the verses from the Quran after lunch,” she recalls. Since the tragedy, she says, Habibullah complains of nightmares and has become noticeably quieter.

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