United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) : Justice for Anisa
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Anisa was a mature Grade 10 student at the Mahmoud Raqi Girls’ High School in Kapisa province, Afghanistan, who was working towards high school completion while also working as a community health volunteer on a polio eradication campaign in her village. She was shot and killed on her way home from school on December 4, 2012. Insurgents are suspected of carrying out Anisa’s murder.
Anisa is only the latest victim in a long spate of targeted attacks against female students, their teachers, principals, and parents. Most of these victims are unnamed and unknown outside of Afghanistan, and their deaths are quickly forgotten, their legacies snuffed out too quickly.
But when Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai survived a similar attack in Pakistan’s Swat Valley earlier this year, people around the world demonstrated a solidarity too often absent in the face of one of history’s most important social justice struggles: the fight of girls and women like Anisa and Malala to learn.
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