Increased Dangers for Afghan Girls Attending School

July 29, 2009 by Amy Spicer · 1 Comment
Filed under: International, Women 

On February 18, 2009, the president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari signed a deal with the Taliban to implement Shariah law (Islamic religious law) in some parts of Pakistan banning all girls from school.

With more than 28,000 US troops still fighting “Operation Enduring Freedom” this is a startling piece of information. As our brave military men and women endure what is to be the 8th year of war the re-emergence of the Taliban is threatening some of Afghanistan’s greatest achievements in the post-Taliban era.

These achievements, education of female students and the opening of over 200 schools, are at grave risk. More than 90 schools have been forced to close because of both threats and actual attacks including torched classrooms and the kidnapping and murdering of teachers. Last November men on motorcycles sprayed acid on 11 female students and four teachers as they headed to school. Read more