Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Afghan Girl, 18 Killed Going To Work

An 18 Year old Afghan girl who was working for an American company in Afghanistan has been killed by a lone gunman. Breitbart News reports as follows.

“Afghanistan (AP) – A gunman lying in wait shot and killed an 18-year-old woman as she left her job at a U.S.-based development company Tuesday, casting a spotlight on a stepped-up campaign of Taliban intimidation against women in this southern city where U.S. troops plan a major operation in the coming weeks.

Although there was no claim of responsibility and police said the motive for the attack was unclear, Taliban militants have been particularly harsh with women who work for foreign organizations or attend school. Bands of thugs are increasingly harassing women who want jobs, education and their own style of clothing, women and aid workers say.”

There have been numerous incidents of afghan girls being attacked for simply going to school. Under Taliban rule, women were mostly banned from attending any sort of school. Women who worked were pushed out of jobs and forced to stay at home. A presumably unintended effect of Taliban rule was an increase in prostitution as women who were banned from working had no other sort of job prospects than prostitution. (Click here to read the rest of my article on Indyposted.com) Sphere: Related Content

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