In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban let girls study

In the provinces of Jowzjan and Balkh, deaf to the decisions of their movement, local officials have not postponed the start of the school year for adolescent girls.

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It is past noon in Mardyan, northern Afghanistan, and dozens of high school girls are converging on a large blue building with walls riddled with bullet holes. In the corridor, posters warn against unexploded ordnance. But the girls are over the moon: the return of the Taliban to power, and a fortiori the end of the fighting, made it possible to reinvest the school. More teenage girls can now go to high school and college. Here, we are not afraid of the Taliban: they have been there for years and are often part of the families of students. It’s like the world upside down. While in most of the country, teenage girls are still deprived of school, some have never stopped. Out of sight, the Taliban let girls study in provinces like Balkh or Jowzjan where Mardyan is located.

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