Coalminer's daughter comes out top in Afghanistan's university entrance exam

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Despite militants attacking the very institution where she was studying. Here's NPR's Diaz. Shamsi Ali Ezzat is so bright that she was studying for free at the Mod Academy in Kabul with students prepare for university exams. But two years ago, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a classroom there. More than 40 students were killed. Many were buried together in a cobble Hill top with some call them the models of knowledge. Speaking to an Afghan news outlet, Alizadeh says one of the victims A young woman called Mahela would've taken first place in the exams had she lived, But she says l A and all her dreams or in the grave and it pains me. Alizadeh says she dropped out of the school after the attack, but her teachers convinced her to return and study hard, fascinating story ofthe resilience ofthe resistance off women and girls who have not surrender to fear our Zelena Mama leads a think tank in Kabul. She used to run secret classes for girls in the nineties, when the Taliban ruled the city and Bangles from getting an education after the insurgents were toppled by U. S forces. Following 9 11 Girls could study again, but they faced attacks. Shamsi has generation has bean experiencing violence experiencing fear, but yet Maintaining their focus on studies in learning Alizadeh success comes as historic negotiations underway between the Afghan government and the Taliban and many women feel the hard won rights will be scaled back as negotiators try find ways to compromise with the insurgents. Their concern begins with the fact that only three of the 21 government negotiators are women. Terrific. A fatty, is the mayor of a town just south of Kabul. We needed more woman on the table. We needed more vices on the tee with she hopes always out. A story will remind negotiators of why women's rights are important. Again or Zelena. Matt. Women are now standing on their own feet on Taliban are no one to come and stop them from what they're going to achieve, and success stories like Alizadeh, she says, sure that Afghan women are too strong now to be suppressed again. David Aid. NPR NEWS, ISLAMABAD

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