On January 1, a militant group from the Swat Valley in Islamabad, Pakistan attacked a van carrying employees from a community center, killing five female teachers and two aid workers. According to an article by the Associated Press, militants in this region of northern Pakistan have blown up schools and killed female educators because they view them as promoters of a foreign and liberal agenda.
The attack serves as another reminder that the lives of women educators and aid workers in Pakistan are consistently at risk by Islamic militants who oppose their work. It also highlights the ongoing challenges that NGOs, like Barakat, continue to face in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the brave women educators and aid workers who lost their lives defending future generations’ rights to education. Barakat thanks the NGOs who continue to make a difference in this region and are proud of the educators and staff for their courage, dedication, strength, and leadership. We also are grateful for the local communities who support our three schools in Attock, Punjub.