It seems like a single day doesn’t pass without news of some awful, tragic injustice coming out of the Middle East. It feels like Westerners get to the point where they’re forced to be desensitized to all the violence or else face the horrible reality that we live in a world where really terrible shit happens, and it happens all the goddamn time. This latest tragedy, however, is slightly different. If you haven’t already heard, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in front of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) HQ, where many Kabul street working children sell trinkets to help support their families. This story isn’t just sad because the six of the eight victims were children, it’s heart-breaking because they represented a glimpse of hope in an otherwise bleak place. Four of the children who died were involved in Skateistan, which began as a non-political Kabul-based Afghan NGO before evolving into an International non-profit charity providing skateboarding and educational programming to street children in Afghanistan ages 5-18. In a society where girls are commonly married off at a young age and have acid thrown on their faces for daring to attend school, Skateistan was a haven, with girls making up nearly 40% of their students. According to USA Today, the non-traditionally sport was introduced as a way to bridge social and economic gaps and enrich children’s lives. Not only do the kids learn to do a gnarly ollie, they also learn subjects such as computers, health, English and the Quran. In addition to providing an education, Skatetistan also provides clothing, books, transportation and other aid for those who want to go to regular school.

So I’m sure you’re wondering- what kind of sick asshole would blow up something as equally inspiring and badass as a skateboarding school? Apparently the story goes that a teenage boy walked onto their turf and when they told him to leave, a fight broke out. The fight came to an end abruptly when another person detonated a suicide bomb. The police said the bomber was most likely aiming for the nearby NATO or US embassy gates, although it’s always a possibility that the children were the target.

What makes this so tragic is that Skatetistan was one of the few outlets for underprivileged children to forget how much their lives sucked in the war-torn city. Fazila, a 12-year-old girl who sells gum to feed her family, summed it up perfectly: “When I’m at Skateistan, I don’t feel that my surroundings are ruined.” And now, with one devastating act, the only thing that gave these kids hope is now too ruined. One of the victims was a 14 year skate instructor named Khorshid. According to Skateistan she “knew what she wanted in life and wasn’t afraid to fight for it despite having more responsibilities and sorrows than a child should ever have.” The Guardian described her as “an uncompromising teenager whose name meant sunshine but whose character was steel, always ready to show the boys she could do anything they could, despite growing up in a country that is not kind to women.” Khorshid’s 8-year-old sister Parwana, who had only been enrolled for a week, also died. Their six-year-old sister Mersal was spared because she was playing down the street, but that didn’t stop her from getting a glimpse of both her sisters’ mangled dead bodies. Their mother, Jemila, was left asking journalists if they had pictures of her daughters, since their family was too poor to own a single photograph of them. Other children involved with the school- Nawab, a 17 year old volunteer and Mohammad Eeza, a 13 year old student were also killed.

Now, the future of Skateistan is up in the air, but the organizers are fighting on. In a statement on the website, they said:

Our team in Kabul has had an extremely difficult and emotional week so far, coming to terms with a huge loss, yet wanting to continue our daily activities and give our students and staff the opportunity to share their memories and their grief with each other. Each of our daily classes has included a special memorial service for the youth that passed away.”

These kids are just the latest victims in an endless war that knows no age limitation in terms of it victims. Last year  1,756 children were killed or seriously injured as a result of the conflict, nearly five children a day according to Unicef spokesman Alistair Gretarsson. Maybe one day we’ll live in a world where kids can feel the exhilaration of skateboarding without the fear of being blown to bits.

If you haven’t seen the documentary- check it out below.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.

FUCKED UP CLOSED OUT 285 KENT’S LAST SHOW (FULL SET)

285 Kent finished it’s run last Sunday night; check out full video of Fucked Up’s headlining set right here.

SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT MIAMI ART BASEL 2013: WILL SMITH CAN SUCK IT.

Superchief Gallery’s showing at Select Fair 2013 is even bigger, better and more batshit crazy than our 2012 showing was – check out photos here, and for homies in Miami, we’ll be at the Catalina Hotel all this week!

STACY KRANITZ’S SKATOPIA (50+ Photos From a Burnout’s Paradise)

Photographer Stacy Kranitz recently journeyed to Skatopia, a famed 88 acre skate park/commune in Ohio which was founded in 1995, documented in the 2010 film of the same name, and once described by writer Kevin Duffel as “a demented mess that meets halfway between an anarchistic Mad Maxian Thunderdome and a utopian skateboard society.” Goddamn if it isn’t one of the best things we’ve ever seen.