For many, yesterday was a day to play practical jokes on friends and see how gullible they could be. One friend of mine believed for part of his morning that a friend of his stationed in Japan was newly engaged.
But the spirit of April Fools was not felt in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday when, according to the New York Times, at least twelve people, including seven UN aid workers, were killed by unarmed protesters. The tragedy began when three local clerics urged people to protest the actions of Terry Jones, the Florida pastor who publicly burned Qurans on March 20th, and called for his arrest. Thousands of local residents did take to the streets and eventually overwhelmed the city’s UN compound, killing the aid workers with weapons they took from the UN guards.
One of the saddest parts of this tragedy is the fact that some aid workers, such as Una Moore, are predicting the end for the international community in Afghanistan.
This post was written by Quinn Connors, a senior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations.