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Education: A question of safety - Afghanistan Child Alert

From: UNICEF
Length: 03:59

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

Default-piece-image-2 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.

Broadcast History

This story has never been broadcast on public radio

Timing and Cues

this piece times out at 4:00. With the intro and outro cut out it will be 3:30

Related Website

http://www.unicef.org