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150 Afghan Girls Poisoned For Crime of Trying to Get an Education

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 17, 2012

The esteemed Garance Franke-Ruta of The Atlantic is right: While we fight over the definition of working moms, radical Afghan conservatives are literally poisoning girls trying to get an education.

Reuters shares the grisly details:

About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country’s north, officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female education.

“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.

Some of the 150 girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in hospital, the officials said.

The Taliban government had banned education for women “as un-Islamic” until 2001, when the toppling of the regime gave girls and women the opportunity to return to schools.

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