Politics, Technology, and Language

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If Afghanistan is liberated, why are teachers getting killed for teaching?

Posted by metaphorical on 10 December 2006

Two teachers and three other members of their family were killed by Taliban gunmen this weekend. According to an AP article, “Teachers receive a warning, then a beating, and if they continue to teach must be killed.”

Rule No. 24 forbids anyone to work as a teacher “under the current puppet regime, because this strengthens the system of the infidels.” One rule later, No. 25, says teachers who ignore Taliban warnings will be killed.

Taliban militants early Saturday broke into a house in the eastern province of Kunar, killing a family of five, including two sisters who were teachers.

The women had been warned in a letter to quit teaching, said Gulam Ullah Wekar, the provincial education director. Their mother, grandmother and a male relative were also slain in the attack.

The two sisters brought to 20 the number of teachers killed in Taliban attacks this year, said Education Ministry spokesman Zuhur Afghan. He said 198 schools have been burned down this year, up from about 150 last year.

The 30 Taliban rules also spell out opposition to development projects from aid organizations, including clinics, roads and schools.

“If a school fails a warning to close, it must be burned. But all religious books must be secured beforehand,” rule No. 26 says.

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