Afghan girl says acid attack won't stop her lessons

by Kal El on November 20, 2008 · 6 comments

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Another disgusting pathetic display of the way women are treated in islam. I recall a few months back, some imbecile liberal was commenting on how the Taliban were pro-education and claimed it was the Coalition Forces bombing the girls’ schools in Afghanistan. I wonder if that same liberal efftard will point the blame for this at us as well.

KABUL (Reuters) – A victim of an acid attack on schoolgirls in Afghanistan said Saturday she was determined to stay in school and finish her education even if that meant risking death.

The girl, who gave her name as just Shamsia, was the most seriously injured of a group of girls attacked outside their school by unidentified men in the southern city of Kandahar on Wednesday.

“I’ll continue my schooling even if they try to kill me. I won’t stop going to school,” Shamsia said from her bed at Afghanistan’s main military hospital in Kabul.

Shamsia, 17, suffered damage to one of her eyes when the men pulled off the girls’ head scarves and threw acid in their faces. She has been brought to hospital in the capital for treatment.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of the Taliban, who banned girls from school during their hardline rule from 1996 to 2001.

The insurgents have attacked and destroyed hundreds of schools across the country since they were forced from power in 2001, after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

While some teachers and school caretakers have been killed, most of the attacks on schools have been at night and violence against children has been rare.

The attack on the schoolgirls has shocked a country long used to violence. President Hamid Karzai said the men responsible were the enemies of education.

Shamsia, much of her face covered in a yellow ointment, said she had to finish her lessons to help the country.

“I’ll continue going to lessons. I’m studying to be able to build our country,” she said.

Senior education official Najiba Nuristani, who was visiting Shamsia in hospital, was also defiant.

“These incidents, these suicide attacks, can not stop education in Afghanistan, especially for girls,” she said.

Shamsia’s doctor, Mohammad Wali, said the girl had suffered damage to an eye but was in good condition. A medical panel would decide if she needed to be sent to India for treatment, he said.

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  • jennyjen

    More brutality from the religion of peace. Oh I know it doesn’t actually say that it is Islam affiliated but I gotta gut feeling on this one. I wonder if we could actually get the stats on which religion has more blood on it’s hands? Sure, the Catholics were quiet during the slave trade and the Holocaust but since Christianity has evolved and Islam hasn’t, they gotta be neck and neck on this with Islam taking the lead for sure.

  • Jeff

    That 17 year old girl has more guts and backbone than most kids in America. Make no mistake about it, I disagree with her “religion” 100 percent, but as a human being, she has my utmost RESPECT for defying those low life throwbacks that did this to her.  

  • Chris

    I applaud her.

  • Kathy from Kansas

    Islam in effect calls for one half of humanity to be in a permanent state of war towards the other half, to bring oppression and torture right into the heart of every human family. How is this NOT a hate crime? And how is this totalitarianism posing as a religion NOT the invention of the devil? If “tolerance” means dignifying this wicked ideology by calling it a “religion” and demanding that I “respect” it, then count me among the intolerant.
    “Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.” (Thomas Mann)

    Two really good websites that provide solid news from the world of Islam:

    • Ray

      To Kathy from Kansas
      I just checked out the sites….GREAT thank you

  • Ray

    To Kathy from Kansas
    I just checked out the sites….GREAT thank you