Afghanistan's cycle of violence is, sadly, likely to continue

Our readers have their say on the violence in Afghanistan, climbing Mount Everest, a Mumbai man with a stellar social conscience, and losing a pet
epa09192462 Donated bouquets of flowers from the Kabul municipality is seen along with a student bag on the empty desks of killed students as a tribute to their loss in Sayyid al-Shuhada school in the west Kabul, Afghanistan, 11 May 2021. Following a terrorist attack on a girls school in Kabul on 08 May that killed some 80 person and injured more than 100, the Afghan government declared 11 May as a national mourning day.  EPA/HEDAYATULLAH AMID

With reference to Sulaiman Hakemy's op-ed Afghanistan's war is killing its students, and its whole education system (May 9): all these children, more than 60 of them, were mostly girls who just wanted to go to school to become doctors or engineers or embark on any career to help their people. This is an unspeakable tragedy. But there is also a feeling of deep sorrow in people that the cycle of violence will probably continue.

Milad Hadad, Kabul, Afghanistan

Climbing Mount Everest, breaking his own record

With reference to Hayley Skirka's piece Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita scales Mount Everest for record 25th time (May 9): it's not a phrase to be used lightly but this man is truly a legend.

Hendrix LP, Santos, Brazil

With reference to James Langton's piece UAE then and now: how Dubai's Burj Khalifa went from dream to world's tallest building (May 9): I remember my first transfer flight to Dubai in 2000. The city was very different, still a desert and the airport was smaller. I returned 15 years later and the place was out of this world. There is architectural genius put into a lot of these buildings.

Nas Bibi, London, UK

It hurts to lose a pet

With reference to the report Farewell, Bo: Barack Obama's beloved dog and White House star dies of cancer (May 9): keep politics to the side. I think most people understand the loss of a loyal dog. I feel for you all.

Brent Farrar, Dubai, UAE

India needs more people like Jitendra Shinde

I write to you with regard to Sanket Jain's article India's Covid-19 crisis: rickshaw driver gives free hospital trips to thousands (May 5): it was really touching to read the humanity displayed by the rickshaw driver, Jitendra Shinde. People are afraid of mingling with Covid-19 patients and here he is, taking them to hospital, at his own cost, risking his own health.

Mr Shinde has rendered remarkable yeoman services to thousands of passengers, especially Covid-19 patients and their relatives, to take them to hospitals. Such people are rare. His services to humanity in a time like this is remarkable. He too is a front-line worker. And that so far he has not turned away a single passenger is a humbling thought. It makes one grateful for people like him.

Very few will have such a social consciousness and voluntarily come forward to help. He is one one such and a thousand kudos to people like him. The country, more than ever, needs more Jitendra Shindes.
K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India