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Peshawar Attack: ‘Some marks stay forever’

IVS students took it upon themselves to break through from myopia of violence — especially for those living in Karachi.
Updated 10 Apr, 2015 11:40am

The students of Indus Valley School (IVS) of Arts and Architecture have had enough. They will not let you forget.

“Karachi is such a violent city,” says graphic designer Umaima Mughal. “We have permanently become indifferent to the violence around us.”

Mughal along with over 20 students in her year at IVS do not want Pakistan to forget those that have shed blood. In a campaign designed to evoke painful memories and emotion, these students visually communicate the horrors of the Army Public School tragedy that shook the country on December 16 last year.

As people appeared to move on with their lives three months after the brutal massacre of schoolchildren, these graphic design students felt compelled to issue a reminder.

“Some stains don't wash out,” reads one poster, showing a green APS cardigan bloodied at the chest.

“Ask. Question. Think,” reads another, bearing a wrestling ring held up by children, in which a soldier and militant are engaged in a fight.

It was after she met the victims' families at the Aga Khan University Hospital that she realised how long-lasting the psychological trauma of the episode was.

“We have become numb. We wanted to move people; to feel something when they look at the posters. We don't want them to remain indifferent,” Mughal adds.

“We want people to feel the pain.”

Below is a compilation of the artwork of IVS students, dedicated to the children of Peshawar:

By Fatin Umrani
By Fatin Umrani
By Huda Tufail
By Huda Tufail
By Atif Ashraf
By Atif Ashraf
By Maheen Jam
By Maheen Jam
By Aqsa Ghafoor
By Aqsa Ghafoor
By Inshal Sidiqui
By Inshal Sidiqui
By Mahnoor Khwaja
By Mahnoor Khwaja
By Reja Zahid
By Reja Zahid
By Salman Qaisar
By Salman Qaisar
By Osama Shahid
By Osama Shahid
By Sheikh Muhammad Zakir
By Sheikh Muhammad Zakir
By Soonhal Khan
By Soonhal Khan
By Anosha Zia
By Anosha Zia
By Sibte Hassan Azad
By Sibte Hassan Azad
By Umaima Mughal
By Umaima Mughal
By Uzubah Khan
By Uzubah Khan
By Zahra Abdus Samad
By Zahra Abdus Samad
By Zeerak Ali
By Zeerak Ali
By Hafsa Jamal
By Hafsa Jamal
By Khadija Khuzema
By Khadija Khuzema
By Mehak Tanweer
By Mehak Tanweer
By Sapna Batool
By Sapna Batool

Published March 6th, 2015