Defying the Taliban: Afghanistan's secret schools for girls – podcast

Defying the Taliban: Afghanistan's secret schools for girls – podcast

Suraya Pakzad talks to Lucy Lamble about her work championing girls’ education – and living on red alert for the next Taliban raid

When Suraya Pakzad was just 12 years old she witnessed the murder of her headteacher by a member of an extremist group. Later she saw two of her classmates blown up in a missile strike.

She explains how she completed her schooling against the odds – and decided to fight the Taliban’s ban on education for women and girls, which even involved keeping kerosene at the ready in case she needed to destroy evidence.

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