MSNBC reports that, in Pakistan, Taliban terrorists who are on a quest to eliminate girls from the educational system are believed responsible for the bombing of five schools. The Taliban forbids the education of girls; thus bombing these schools is probably a message that the Taliban will not allow girls to receive an education in Pakistan. The Taliban forbid girls from school from the mid 1990s to 2001; then in 2001 the Taliban was ousted from power by U.S. troops and girls and young women could once again pursue their educational goals.
Many schools in Pakistan are currently closed due to ongoing threats from terrorists. The Taliban is an evil force in Pakistan. They are trying to prevent women and girls from having freedom and education. They are using violence to continue their campaign against modernity in Pakistan. The Taliban denies equal rights to women; they are an outdated, pathetic group that wants to limit power to only the male sex.
The Washington Times reports that the Taliban have claimed “female education is contrary to Islam.” Pakistani girls are losing the chance for education due to ongoing violence against the schools. MSNBC reports that “Three years ago, more than 120,000 girls attended schools and colleges in the region….Now only about 40,000 are enrolled.”
In Pakistan in the last year, terrorists have attacked and mostly destroyed 134 schools; over 90 of the schools were for girls. The Taliban wants girls and young women to forgo education and to only appear in public if they are completely covered and in the presence of a close male relative. The Taliban treats girls and women like objects rather than human beings.
The Taliban must be kept from gaining power in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Women in Pakistan must be horrified as they are again slowly losing their freedom and their right to an education and a career.
The Taliban’s misogynistic policies in the name of Islam are reprehensible. All people on this planet should have a birthright to an education. Also, schools should be treated as a holy place, just like a church. Any group, like the Taliban, that bombs schools should realize that their actions identify them as the savage terrorists they are.
All young women deserve to have the hope and dignity that an education confers. For too long women of the Middle East have been denied basic rights to freedom and an education. The Taliban must be forced out of Pakistan. The stakes are too high to allow them to regain power.
I am very thankful I was born in America when I think about how females are treated in the Middle East. My Arab relatives did treat boys a bit differently and there were always wishes that an unborn child should be a son, but overall I had the same freedoms as males in the family. That is hardly the case for girls in Pakistan and other countries in the region.
I cannot comprehend what it must be like to have to sit at home while the male children in the family get to go to school and get an education. The girls of Pakistan must be doing a lot of crying as their freedom and right to an education is taken away by the Taliban. Parents in Pakistan must be pondering whether they need to leave the country to ensure their daughters are able to live a life free from the terrorism of being told they do not deserve an education.
The Taliban and Osama bin Laden are evil forces in this world. God bless the soldiers who are on a quest to deny the Taliban power. God bless the brave teachers working in schools in Pakistan knowing every day that their school may be bombed and they may be killed.