Aliya Zaidi

Aliya Zaidi

The author is a contributing editor for SheSpeakWeHear, an online platform that explores women's experiences and stories, and aims to give them a voice. Prior to this, she worked for over five years in online marketing. She tweets @aliyazaidi (twitter.com/aliyazaidi)

Five of my uncles were shot in the Nazimabad attacks

You never think it’s going to happen to you… until it does. Just over a week ago, I was in a queue with my four-year-old son. We were waiting for a train ride around the park near my parents’ house when I received a phone call from my mum. It was the phone call that nobody ever wants to receive; the phone call that informs you of tragedy at home. Five of my maternal uncles had been shot in Nazimabad, Pakistan. We weren’t sure who was alive at that point, but as we took to Twitter, the true reality of the horror was ...

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