After a month of volunteering at Sister Inès Kolesnore’s school, which houses girls who have escaped early marriage, her friends of ten years were about to leave for Canada. They were among the first people who were shot at the restaurant before the siege on the hotel began. Inès was able to identify four of their corpses; the other two were so badly burned that it took days to confirm their identities. The students at her school do not know all of the details, but they were devastated to lose their Canadian friends. She points out the walls painted with chalkboard paint throughout the classrooms and hallways, their project for their latest visit. They are covered with lessons and drawings in colorful chalk. The students have drawn elaborate vines and flowers around the edges. A banner drawn on one chalkboard in the hall reads, simply: “LOVE.”


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