Afghan girls sent home as Taliban closes schools
26 March 2022 | 5:36 am
The Taliban has sparked outrage and concern among rights groups, after it reversed stance and closed secondary schools for girls across Afghanistan. Thousands of young students were sent home, confused and worried about their future.
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