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Editorial

Attacking future of Afghanistan

Since Taliban’s resurgence after the group toppled by US in 2001, Afghanistan has been facing increasing challenges unprecedented in contemporary history of this country. From daily occurrence such as kidnapping, armed robberies, killings and suicide bombings became common and rampant.
Still, the mourning of previous victims has not ended that once again Kabul has shaken by a massive explosion on Saturday and on the eve of 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan. At least three blasts happened near Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School in west of Kabul on Saturday afternoon, the Ministry of Interior confirmed. According to the Ministry, more than 50 students were martyred and another 100 were injured during the incident. The attack started with a car bomb explosion and was followed by two mines explosions, according to source.
The incident happened when students were leaving the school. Describing Saturday’s carnage, Interior Ministry spokesman told reporters that a car bomb first detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada School, and when the students rushed out in panic two more devices exploded. He said more than 100 people were wounded, adding that most of the victims were female students.
No group has so far claimed the attack, but President Ghani blamed the Taliban. “This savage group does not have the power to confront security forces on the battlefield, and instead targets with brutality and barbarism public facilities and the girls’ school,” the president said in a statement after the blasts.
Indeed, militants are purposefully causing schools and universities to shut down or the attendance rates to drop and somewhat they gained their sinister goals. They never want a peaceful and educated Afghanistan.
Meanwhile since girls were deprived of education during Taliban era, therefore the group cannot tolerate to see their progress, and thus targeting educational centers, mainly that of the girls.
Indeed, attacks on educations are attacks on the future of Afghanistan; thousands of girls and boys abandon schools and universities due to unknown future and endless war. No nation has changed his fate without seeking and protecting educations. Education is the best strategy to a sustainable development and to a secure Afghanistan in the long term.
Therefore, we need to choose education as a top national priority, and as a best way to reaching a peaceful, stable and strong Afghanistan. Meanwhile it is of immense important to join hand with government in proving security for the educational centers so that to let our young generation study in a safe and sound environment.
Education is the foundation of all infrastructures which means the whole environmental, social, cultural, political and economic challenges rooted to this great issue. Also the enemies of Afghanistan understand that education is the only tools that can rescue Afghanistan.
Therefore, and as a historic response to the consecutive attacks on education, Afghans have to include education as an obligatory duty and we must even protect our sons and daughters and the centers that they are studying in them. Raising awareness and campaign in national and international levels are a must to gain financial and technical supports for the purpose of reaching to a sustainable and peaceful Afghanistan.

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