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Taliban: ‘If We Now Kill Schoolgirls, You Shouldn’t Be Surprised’

Posted by Casey on May 28, 2009

A letter posted by the Taliban threatening violence on girls who attend school.

A letter posted by the Taliban threatening violence on girls who attend school.

They aren’t even trying to hide the fact that they murder children anymore. The Taliban used to blame us for any youth deaths, but we all knew (well, the sane among us knew) that it was the Taliban murdering children.

Spiegal Online:

Responding to threats from the Taliban, at least 10 girls’ schools have shut down near Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Visiting the schools is a dangerous proposition — a trip leading directly into the heart of Islamist territory.

When the deputy director of Aqtash High School talks of the government, he isn’t referring to Hamid Karzai’s central government in Kabul. Nor does he refer to the provincial administration in Kunduz. “The Taliban are our government,” Bashir says. “They have taken over our region, their commanders give the orders here.”

Bashir is standing in a dusty classroom on the ground floor of his modern school, roughly half an hour from Kunduz by car. As recently as just one month ago, he says, some 400 girls were still coming to the school in three daily shifts to learn reading, writing and arithmetic. Figures and formula are still scrawled across the blackboard.

But now, the girls’ classrooms have been left to deteriorate. The desks and chairs are still laid out in neat rows, but a film of dust has collected, and Bashir stands helplessly in the middle of the room. “Parents in Aqtash are afraid to send their girls to school anymore, after the death threats,” he explains.

Still waiting for the feminist movement to get behind our efforts in Afghanistan. Yep … still waiting.

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