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Video: Taliban in Swat Valley (Pakistan) Close Schools for Girls

April 28, 2009

pakistanigirlThis news is not new; there have been several articles written about the Taliban closing girls’ schools in Pakistan (where Swat Valley is located) and Afghanistan. In February 2009, the Pakistani government made a truce with Taliban militants by implementing Islamic law in Swat Valley. You can hear more about this truce in a segment from NPR.

I saw this great short documentary on the New York Times website, and thought I would share. It features a young Pakistani girl from Swat Valley who would like to become a doctor. The video can only be viewed on NYTimes website, so I apologize for not being able to post within this article. You can watch the documentary here. Just as a warning: this video is graphic.

After watching the documentary, what do you think about it? Do you think this issue (Islam and girls’ education) is too much of a focus in the U.S. media, or do you think that it sheds some new light on what we don’t already know? A few months ago, I read a wonderful book entitled Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, about a man who devotes his life to building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan for girls. He then formed an organization that is committed to building community-supported schools especially for girls, called the Central Asia Institute.

For more info on the Taliban and closing girls’ schools, go to this article from the Huffington Post.

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