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Editor’s Pick: Life of Samiulla

As the oldest in his family, Samiulla spends his days running a store in the local market. He wakes up early and returns home late at night. He had to give up his dream of going to school.

Every week on this blog we will feature one video that Smithsonian.com selects as an “Editors’ Pick.” In the weeks since the contest launched, we’ve already been blown away by the high quality of the submissions. Note: these videos are not selected by the contest judges and have no bearing on the final result of the contest.

The featured videos are meant to inspire and encourage.



“Do not cry for your father because now it is you who has to be the responsible one.”

Those were the words spoken to Samiulla at his father’s funeral. In 2009, a bomb blast killed his father, and Samiulla was left to provide for his family.

As the oldest in the family, Samiulla spends his days running a store in the local market. He wakes up early and returns home late at night. He had to give up his dream of going to school.

Videographer Khurrum M. Sultan captures this amazing story that is all too common in Pakistan. He hopes that by telling the story of Samiulla children in the region will soon be able to live free from terror and fear.

Feeling inspired? Head over to our submission page and upload your video for a chance to win our grand prize.

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