‘We should be scared’: the poisoning of schoolgirls in Afghanistan

Children hospitalised in allegedly deliberate mass attacks is latest in series of incidents going back decades

Girls being treated in hospital in Herat province in Afghanistan in 2015
In 2015, more than 120 schoolgirls were hospitalised after a suspected gas poisoning
(Image credit: Mir Ahmad Firooz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Dozens of schoolgirls are suspected to have been deliberately poisoned in two attacks in Afghanistan, the latest in a decade of incidents in the region, intensifying fears for girls pursuing education.

On 3 June, 63 students and staff members at Naswan-e-Kabod Aab primary school for girls in northern Sar-e-Pul province fell ill shortly after arriving in the morning and were hospitalised with neurological and respiratory symptoms. The following day students and staff at Naswan-e-Faizabad girls’ school nearby reported similar symptoms; the numbers affected vary from 17, according to Associated Press, to 26, quoted by The New York Times (NYT).

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