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Education Is Under Fire In Afghanistan

Threats and attacks against students and education personnel have increased lately, particularly in areas of the country controlled by non-state armed groups. The senseless attacks on schools and the killing, injury, and abduction of teachers, and the threats against education are destroying the hopes and dreams of an entire generation of children. GCPEA collected reports of over 300 attacks on schools between 2017 and 2019. On May 8, 2021, a car bomb attack in front of the Sayed Al-Shahada girls’ school in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of Kabul left 85 dead and 147 deadly injured schoolgirls. In a country where less than 30 per cent of women can read, these girls bring hope for a brighter future, making their senseless killing so particularly devastating. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) promoted equal access to education, teaching us that, “The pursuit of knowledge is a duty of every Muslim, man and women.”

What we can do is that to support organizations that provide educational and other development and humanitarian programs for women in Afghanistan and also share this information with your friend and family.

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