Afghan girls “happy” to return to school after Taliban takeover
20 August 2021 | 10:37 am
As concern grows internationally about an expected clampdown by the Taliban on women's rights, students at one girls’ school are "happy" to be returning. Schools in Herat faced long closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing security concerns over Taliban advances before insurgents finally captured the city on August 12. The school's director says it reopened on Monday and students are attending class, with more of the girls wearing the hijab and choosing conservative dress than before the Taliban takeover.
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