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“This is why we have not wished to remember our education volunteers on the PakTurkFile website only with their heroism … We have wished to remember the quarter century we spent in Pakistan with all aspects of being human… Our students loved us not because we were heroes, but because we were human…”

Wrongdoers do not fear Allah, but they do fear future generations. They study the examples of the oppressors who died before them and whose cruelty was known to people, and take precautionary measures so as not to share the same fate with tyrants. They commission the writing of fictional histories, portray themselves as founder and saviour leaders, and, whether they really wish for it or not, even transmute themselves into angels of goodness on the home stretch to their death. Yet, whatever they do, they cannot escape the fear that the witnesses of persecution will speak one day. Whether these witnesses are the oppressed themselves or the partners in the persecution, they must be silenced and cast to oblivion. That is why those who persecute an ethnic minority completely expunge them. Those who oppress a religious community attempt for erasing that community from the history with all their history, good deeds and experiences. All tyrants who torch libraries, wipe out archives, plunder land registers have the same concern in their minds: fear of being put on trial before history.

One of the important tenets of the struggle against oppression should be to use this fear: Saying ‘we will not forget’ and ‘we will not be forgotten’ besides documenting the persecution, remembering and reminding the existence of the oppressed, what they exhibit on the scene of existence, their contribution to humanity, and even fundamentally their humanity.

PakTurk Schools were seized by tyranny. The usurpers did not only steal our buildings, our residence permits, our dreams about the future, and our students; they also attempted to usurp our past. They attempt to make it look as if the history of the PakTurk Schools had started with them and as if that was just the way they wished to make believe. On the PakTurkFile website, we work for reviving this stolen history. We aim to keep the memory of our teachers – who arrived in the winter of Pakistan, prepared the ground and planted flower seeds in the field of time – fresh and evergreen.  So that those who will attempt to restore the rule of law when the conditions of the time and space change may realize the magnitude and worth of what has been usurped …

Tyrants make their followers believe their victims are not human beings but enemies, agents, traitors, assassins, heretics, insects, pests, cult members, responsible for all the evils in history one can remember, and tag them with similar other labels. This dehumanization imposed on these victims reaches its extreme point of demonization that they are the members of the Illuminati, the puppets of a global and time-transcendent network of evil, warlocks and witches who cast black magic, they meet with the Devil, and what not …

Ultimately, this dehumanization effort is also a part of the strategy of leading people to misremembrance.

However, dehumanization does not occur only by demonization. One may also lose the perception of humanity by becoming superhuman. An unwavering patience, indomitable submission and reliance, resilience even against deportation, torture and execution, and courage and determination that do not express weakness arouse in an onlooker the feeling of witnessing a war machine rather than a human being from afar. Over time, it is easily forgotten that the valiant souls who struggle against cruelty also have their families, children, worries, debts, illnesses, weaknesses and introspections.

This is why we have not wished to remember our education volunteers on the PakTurkFile website only with their heroism … We have wished to remember the quarter century we spent in Pakistan with all aspects of being human including foods and drinks, shocks and fears as well… Our students loved us not because we were heroes, but because we were human… We have wished not to let our cherished humanity be forgotten.

So that the future flowers of Pakistan may find their way when they wish to visit our graves to pay tribute…

So that they may hear the reply, “Hanian lakum – Well done!” resonating from our graves…

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