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Old 06-22-2006, 06:49 AM   #1
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Ongoing Taliban Evil

Summer vacation has only begun, but as far as 12-year-old Nooria is concerned, the best thing is knowing she has a school to go back to in the fall. She couldn't be sure the place would stay open four months ago, after the Taliban tried to burn it down. Late one February night, more than a dozen masked gunmen burst into the 10-room girls' school in Nooria's village, Mandrawar, about 100 miles east of Kabul. They tied up and beat the night watchman, soaked the principal's office and the library with gasoline, set it on fire and escaped into the darkness. The townspeople, who doused the blaze before it could spread, later found written messages from the gunmen promising to cut off the nose and ears of any teacher or student who dared to return.

The threats didn't work. Within days, most of the school's 650 pupils were back to their studies. Classes were held under a grove of trees in the courtyard for several weeks, despite the winter chill, until repairs inside the one-story structure were complete. Nearby schools replaced at least some of the library's books. But the hate mail kept coming, with threats to shave the teachers' heads as well as mutilate their faces. Earlier this month, NEWSWEEK visited and talked to students and faculty on the last day of classes. Nooria, who dreams of becoming a teacher herself, expressed her determination to finish school. "I'm not afraid of getting my nose and ears cut off," she said, all dressed up in a long purple dress and headscarf. "I want to keep studying."

...Today the Ministry of Education says the country has 1,350 girls' schools, along with 2,900 other institutions that hold split sessions, with girls-only classes in the afternoon. (Coeducation is still forbidden.) More than a third of Afghanistan's 5 million schoolchildren are now girls, compared with practically none in early 1992. In the last six months, however, Taliban attacks and threats of attacks have disrupted or shut down more than 300 of those schools.

It is good that they aren't in power anymore, bad that their not destroyed enough.

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Old 06-22-2006, 06:58 AM   #2
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Nooria, is a very,very brave girl with lots of guts and well done for the school to try to get back on it's feet...............FEAR IS THE WORST TERRORISM.........and it will fall on it's face if you stand up, and keep on standing up to it.

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These women have amazing guts.
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:50 AM   #4
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Good for Nooria. Looks as if the Taliban are the uneducated ones. I wonder if they knew how to write their messages with out fucking up. She will become a educated woman, while the Taliban retards will still be living in Caves.
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