The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.  

It must also summon us, all the more, to support the parents of Pakistan who wish for their children the best possible education – and all those who are working to provide it.          

UNICEF extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families of the children who have been lost.  We mourn with them.


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