Thursday, March 4, 2010

Shaima Khinjani -- schools for girls in Afghanistan

BSC Moakley Auditorium, Monday March 15: 7:30 pm

Shaima Khinjani, a woman from Afghanistan, will be  speaking about the school she started, in a time and place where this could have gotten her killed.

During the years prior to 9/11/2001, when girls could not be educated in Afghanistan because of the Taliban, Shaima and her sister ran a secret school for girls. They started out with just a few girls in their neighborhood and it grew to over 100 girls. Her father was very afraid that they would be caught. One day there was a knock at the door and they all thought---this is it----but instead it was UNICEF delivering them supplies of paper and pencils for the girls, encouraging them to keep it up.

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