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Victims of Peshawar massacre remembered at candlelit vigil outside Redbridge Town Hall

PUBLISHED: 12:29 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:29 23 December 2014

Children joined a candlelit vigil in memory of victims of the Peshawar school attack

Children joined a candlelit vigil in memory of victims of the Peshawar school attack

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Flames representing the memories and lost promise of 132 murdered children illuminated the sky at a moving vigil.

The crowd at the vigil outside Redbridge Town HallThe crowd at the vigil outside Redbridge Town Hall

Crowds of people gathered outside Redbridge Town Hall on Friday to light candles for the victims of the Peshawar school attack.

The massacre on December 16 saw seven terrorists from the Pakistani Taliban storm the Army Public School, killing the children and nine adults.

For Abida Iqbal, 64, chairman of the Redbridge Disabled Women’s Welfare Association (RDWWA), the event in High Road, Ilford, was particularly emotional.

She lost four relatives in the attack, including an eight-year-old boy, whose body has not been found.

Abida Iqbal, chairman of the Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association, who lost four relatives in the Peshawar massacreAbida Iqbal, chairman of the Redbridge Disabled Women's Welfare Association, who lost four relatives in the Peshawar massacre

She said: “It is really sad. I felt we had to do something – 132 children were killed in one day.

“My members were all down there and I really want to thank everyone for their support.”

The campaigner’s relatives were three members of the Fida family, a 43-year-old teacher and her two sons, aged 16 and eight, and 11-year-old Sabir Hussain.

She said: “We are all just shocked. It’s hard to think of all the hurt the family is enduring right now.”

Councillors, the mayor and other people from the community at the eventCouncillors, the mayor and other people from the community at the event

The vigil was also attended by councillors, Redbridge’s mayor, Cllr Ashley Kissin and members of the Ilford Islamic Centre.

Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of Redbridge Council, said: “I think the turnout at such short notice showed how everyone is feeling for the children and the parents who sent them off in their school uniforms.

“You can’t imagine the pain they must be feeling. It is traumatic.”

See our full coverage in this week’s Recorder.


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