More than one hundred girls in Takhar Province in Afghanistan fell ill after drinking contaminated water in school. Officials accused Islamic militants, who are opposing the education of girls, to have poisoned the water. The officials didn’t name any radical Islamic groups in fear of retaliation.
It is wildly known that under the Taliban, women were not allowed an education. But with the fall of the theocratic regime, schools for girls were re-opened, yet, teachers and students alike are risking their lives by going to school.
Poisoning the water tanks of the school is not the first attack on girls seeking education in Afghanistan. In April 2010, at least 13 girls have fallen ill after a suspected poisonous gas attack on their school by fighters opposing girl’s education. Also multiple incidents of acid attacks on girls going to school have been reported in the last few years.