According to Reuters, more than 100 school girls were hospitalized apparently poisoned, after drinking water at their school in northern Takhar province in Afghanistan.
Education for women was outlawed by the Taliban government from 1996-2001 as un-Islamic. During this period, underground schools were popping up, but the teachers and organizers were risking death each day for violating the Taliban.
From 2001 females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul but periodic attacks still occur against girls, teachers and their school buildings.
«We are 100 percent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls’ education or irresponsible armed individuals,» said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, a spokesman for education department in northern Takhar province.
The affected students were aged between 10 and 18 years old.
Those girls are truly heroes. They are so committed to become active members of the educational system as students and teachers, that they brave the risk of violence, acid attacks and now poisoning. You go, girls!