31 Oct '12, 12am

Taliban's attack on Pakistan education goes beyond one girl

SWABI, Pakistan - Under a torrid sun on a parched patch of dirt, 65 young boys and girls wiped sweat from their foreheads and struggled to concentrate on their studies. There were no blackboards, no desks. Nearby, their white two-room country school sat abandoned, shrapnel holes gouged into the exterior. The roof and walls had cracked, making the building too dangerous to use - the result of a homemade bomb detonated by the Taliban on the school's porch. "Everything was fine here," said 9-year-old Fazl Qadeem, squatting on the ground with his lesson book in hand. "And they destroyed it." Advertisement The Taliban outraged millions of Pakistanis and people around the world this month when its gunmen attempted to kill Malala Yousufzai, a 15-year-old girl who publicly championed the education of girls. But that attack was just one small piece of a long campaign against the co...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/taliban-s-attack-...

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