Assaults by Extremists on Afghan Faculties Triple, Report Says

KABUL, Afghanistan — Assaults on Afghan faculties tripled from 2017 to 2018, a Unicef report stated Tuesday, because the Taliban and different extremist teams in Afghanistan proceed to wage a marketing campaign of violence in opposition to so-called softer targets, removed from the battlefield.

The variety of assaults elevated to 192 from 68, a surge not seen since 2015, based on the report by the United Nations company for youngsters. The variety of youngsters not attending faculty additionally elevated final 12 months for the primary time since 2002.

It’s yet one more signal of the deteriorating safety scenario throughout Afghanistan. To some Afghans, the report supplied concrete proof that the repressive Taliban regime is once more on the rise, at the same time as america makes an attempt to barter a peace settlement with the group.

Nooria Nazhat, a spokeswoman for the ministry of schooling, stated the federal government didn’t have any particular statistics to again up the Unicef report. However she added: “Each week we’ve a report about faculties getting attacked in Afghanistan.”

Within the final a number of months, 431 faculties for each girls and boys have closed for “safety points,” Ms. Nazhat stated, and the federal government is making an attempt to reopen them.

The Unicef report famous that using faculties as polling facilities in the course of the 2018 parliamentary elections was one motive for the uptick in assaults.

Henrietta Fore, Unicef’s govt director, stated that schooling in Afghanistan was “underneath fireplace,” in a press release.

“The mindless assaults on faculties; the killing, harm and abduction of academics; and the threats in opposition to schooling are destroying the hopes and desires of a complete technology of youngsters,” Ms. Fore stated in a press release.

Greater than one million youngsters are unable to attend faculty throughout the nation, based on the report, most of them women.

Final month, within the western Farah Province, armed males set fireplace to 2 women’ faculties simply outdoors the provincial capital, damaging each constructions and burning the educating supplies inside. The assaults ended lessons for practically 1,700 women. 4 different women’ faculties had been additionally lately attacked within the province.

Earlier than being ousted in 2001, the Taliban didn’t enable women to attend faculty, and ladies had been confined to their houses until escorted by a male family member. Through the course of the practically 18-year-old battle, Taliban fighters would typically booby-trap faculties or burn them outright to maintain them from reopening after NATO and Afghan forces established management over an space.

There are roughly 17,500 faculties throughout Afghanistan. About 1,000 of them stay closed due to the continuing battle, based on the Unicef report, a quantity that’s roughly unchanged from final 12 months.

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