For many of us at Barakat, a step forward feels like it’s sometimes met with none other than a rude push right back.
For the past couple of months, Barakat has been working to establish a new scholarship program in our Pakistan schools for female students who’ve performed well academically and wish to pursue higher education. (To learn more about this initiative, check out our upcoming July newsletter, or read about our sister program in Afghanistan.)
But amid the fundraising, planning, and selections, we read the news.
According to an article in Iran’s media organization, Press TV, a girls school in northwest Pakistan was bombed on Monday by unknown militants. Thankfully, there were no casualties, but the five-room schoolhouse was utterly destroyed.
The school was not one of Barakat’s; it was a government-run school in the Sheik Baba area near Khar in the Bajuar agency region.
Although the militants remain unnamed, the Taliban, who outwardly opposes female education and has been responsible for many similar acts in the past, is highly suspected.
At times like these, it is difficult to understand why these acts of aggression are taken against those who are least capable of defending themselves, and it is easy to feel dismayed and let down.
But the government of Pakistan refuses to give up, and neither do we.
Pakistan has vowed that despite the violence, it will not shut down any of the girl’s schools. And here at Barakat, we promise that no matter how many times we’re pushed, we’ll continue to move forward.
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Written by: Lisa DeBenedictis