‘I witnessed the Stockholm attack three years after terrorists killed my brother – we mustn’t give in to fear’

On March 20th 2014, as my family and I were preparing to celebrate the Persian New Year, my Twitter feed showed breaking news of an ongoing terrorist attack in Kabùl, my hometown.

Desperate to find out if our loved ones were in safety, my wife and I ran around looking for our telephones. We called home and were given assurances that everyone was safe and sound. We watched the news unfold, revealing how tragedy had struck Kabul on the eve of the New Year once again.