Afghan Schoolgirls Undeterred by Attack
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — One morning two months ago, Shamsia Husseini and her sister were walking through the muddy streets to the local girls school when a man pulled alongside them on a motorcycle and posed what seemed like an ordinary question.
“Are you going to school?”
Then the man pulled Shamsia’s burqa from her head and sprayed her face with burning acid...
“My parents told me to keep coming to school even if I am killed,” said Shamsia, 17, in a moment after class. Shamsia’s mother, like nearly all of the adult women in the area, is unable to read or write. “The people who did this to me don’t want women to be educated. They want us to be stupid things...“The people who did this,” she said, “do not feel the pain of others.”
It's sad. They [the Taliban] don't want the girls to lead. They don't want them to go to school. They want [the girls] to stay at home and not learn how to be in charge.