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August 19, 2013

Afghan educators struggle for funding as US aid budget shrinks

Emma Graham-Harrison:

The United States has stopped funding for a charity that educates some of Afghanistan's most vulnerable abuse victims, including a tortured child bride and a teenager scarred by acid after refusing to marry a militia commander.

The decision to end financing for Aid Afghanistan for Education, which provides schools for girls and women excluded from government classrooms, came despite a pledge last month to spend more than $200m (£130m) on "women's empowerment" as foreign troops head home.

Since funds were cut off this spring teachers have been leading classes for free in the hope that the charity's director, Hassina Sherjan, can cobble together funds to pay their modest $140 monthly wages before they have to find new jobs.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at August 19, 2013 12:03 AM
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