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Education: A question of safety - Afghanistan Child Alert

From: UNICEF
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This Story is Free! Martin Bell, former BBC Correspondent, reports on the situation of children in Afghanistan. In this piece he discusses the plight of children on the subject of schools Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-1 Girls are particularly affected by insurgents' targeting of their schools and even of the pupils themselves. Zarmina, 12, and her 13-year-old sister, Shukria, were among 1,200 pupils at the Qalai Sayedan School. Two gunmen lay in wait for the girls as they left the school. Shukria was shot in cold blood by the assailants, one of three fatalities that day, in the fourth attack on the same school. The effects of such violence could be as devastating as the attacks on the schools themselves, threatening Afghanistan's development for the next generation.

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Girls are particularly affected by insurgents' targeting of their schools and even of the pupils themselves. Zarmina, 12, and her 13-year-old sister, Shukria, were among 1,200 pupils at the Qalai Sayedan School. Two gunmen lay in wait for the girls as they left the school. Shukria was shot in cold blood by the assailants, one of three fatalities that day, in the fourth attack on the same school. The effects of such violence could be as devastating as the attacks on the schools themselves, threatening Afghanistan's development for the next generation.

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