March 23, 2009

Afgan girls return to school.

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Jan 13, 2009
In a blow against intolerance and stupidity, two months after 14 girls were attacked with acid in Afghanistan, nearly all of the 14 girls are in school and nearly every female student in Kandahar has returned as well -- about 1,300 of them.
“My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed,” said Shamsia, 17, in a moment after class. Shamsia’s mother, like nearly all of the adult women in the area, is unable to read or write. “The people who did this to me don’t want women to be educated. They want us to be stupid things.”

Here is a link to the original NY Times story. It has a slide show.

In other news from Afghanistan:

April 16, 2009
The date links to an ABC News broadcast report about a new law restricting the rights of Shi'ite Afghan woman. The law defines a wife's duties as "obedience, readiness for sex, and not leaving the house without the husband's permission."

April 15, 2009
A young mixed-sect Afghan couple (the woman was Sunni and the man was Shi'ite) were executed by the taliban for trying to elope.

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