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Some of Afghanistan’s teenage girls manage to keep studying, but none see a bright future under the Taliban

Kabul — In the Taliban’s Afghanistan, defiance seems like girls sitting down with pencils and paper, to keep studying. Since the extremist group’s decree barring girls between the ages of 12 and 17 from most government-run faculties a year in the past, a rising quantity have enrolled themselves in unofficial faculties scattered throughout the nation.

CBS News correspondent Imitaz Tyab visited one, based by Doctor Zainab Mohammadi. She funds it totally out of her personal pocket, which she admits is troublesome, but she advised CBS News she feels it is her “responsibility,” and she or he has no intention of stopping.

Although the Taliban formally forbid the training of teenage girls, Mohammadi says the nation’s rulers largely flip a blind eye to unofficial faculties like hers — so long as strict guidelines are adopted.

The girls have to dress fully-covered in black, and males can not come to the college.


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For now, adhering to these tips means Mohammadi’s college students have been ready to proceed taking lessons in every part from non secular research, to crochet. But it is English class they give the impression of being ahead to most.

Tyab requested the class in the event that they believed it was necessary for girls to get an training.

“Yes!” Was the resounding reply.

But as strongly as the girls really feel about being educated, coming to Mohammadi’s college is not simple for them.

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Teenage Afghan girls attend class at an unofficial, personal college in Kabul, Afghanistan, in August 2022, a year after the Taliban regained management of the nation. 

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“I feel bad,” one scholar advised Tyab of the obligatory dress code and the want to disguise her ambition to get an training.

Tyab requested her if she believed her life would ever really feel regular once more.

“No, no,” she replied.

It’s a feeling that Huda Sediqi is aware of all too properly. Tyab met her final year, simply months after the Taliban introduced its ban on girls’ training.


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One year later, she’s nonetheless out of college.

“It was horrifying for me, to sit at home,” she advised CBS News. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.”

Asked what she needs the world to learn about the plight of 1000’s of Afghan girls like her, who need an training but do not have entry to a college like Mohammadi’s, Siddiqui did not hesitate.

“They should force the Taliban government to re-open the schools for girls,” she stated. “I don’t think any country will recognize them until they re- open these schools.”


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Tyab requested Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, if the group understood why nearly each different nation on the planet has refused to grant the Taliban that formal recognition that it seeks.

“This issue is being weaponized,” he stated of girls’ training. “This is the internal matter of Afghanistan, and the policy is very clear when it comes to education, that is education for all Afghan students and citizens.”

He insisted that the ban on older girls getting an training was solely a “temporary suspension.”

But excessive school-aged girls have been saved out of formal education for a year now, since the Taliban reclaimed energy in the nation, and plenty of are sure that is not going to change.

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