‘The school is like a light for me:’ The secret classrooms giving Afghan girls a chance to learn despite Taliban rules
Parasto Hakim was startled by a knock at the front gates.
She scanned her classroom for a quick headcount – all the girls were already in attendance. It could only be the Taliban.
Her heart pounding, she opened the door to find at least five members of the Afghan militant group demanding to check if she was breaking any rules. She was. This was a secret school, set up to teach girls despite the bans on female education imposed by the Taliban since they retook control of Afghanistan two years...