Our ability to ignore the plight of others is remarkable. Especially when those ‘others’ come from the province that has always been disregarded and ignored; Balochistan. The general public, if asked about the issue of missing persons will not be able to tell one anything more than the fact that an unknown amount of people have gone missing in Balochistan for unknown reasons. This happens on a daily basis. People disappear without trace in Balochistan. Their families are helpless. Most are confirmed dead only when their bodies are dumped on the side of some road with impunity. Some of the bodies are mutilated beyond recognition, so that even this minute comfort is denied to the bereaved relatives. No one has answers for them, so they have had to take matters in to their own hands by marching from Quetta to Karachi in protest where they would set up a hunger strike camp until their pleas are answered. This ‘Long March’ is not like most we are used to. This was not orchestrated by rich and influential members of the community with vehicles to rest in when their feet were tired. This long march was actually a ‘march’. These people walked the entire way. They bled and were sore, yet they walked on, in search of justice.

It has been 25 days since they set out from Quetta towards Karachi, which is over 700 kilometers away, and are inching closer to the Sindh capital, but remain far from attracting enough attention to make a change. No heads were raised as the protesters continued to toil, and the media seemed to decide that they had better things to focus on. While some claim that the country had other concerns with the death of Mehsud and the Rawalpindi incident, ignoring the death of uncounted numbers has no excuse, no matter what. The search for answers seems bleaker by the day, yet these determined individuals continue to hope against hope, and refuse to give up their quest. This is another thing we should admire them for, along with their brave passage. Given the indifference of the rest of the country, it is all but certain that this movement may not change things. However, the quest for justice must continue, and it is hoped that the misguided policies which have proven to be brutal and counter-productive are answered for.