[CML 016500] アフガン女子学校飲料水に毒物？
maeda at zokei.ac.jp
2012年 4月 19日 (木) 09:54:37 JST
*AFGHANISTAN - GIRLS POISONED BY CONTAMINATED WATER AT HIGH SCHOOL - MAY
HAVE BEEN ATTACK ON FEMALE EDUCATION*
By Mohammad Hamid - April 17, 2012
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan <http://www.reuters.com/places/afghanistan>
(Reuters) - About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned on Tuesday after
drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north,
officials said, blaming it on conservative radicals opposed to female
Since the 2001 toppling of the Taliban, which banned education for women
and girls, females have returned to schools, especially in Kabul.
But periodic attacks still occur against girls, teachers and their
school buildings, usually in the more conservative south and east of the
country, from where the Taliban insurgency draws most support.
"We are 100 percent sure that the water they drunk inside their classes
was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls'
education or irresponsible armed individuals," said Jan Mohammad
Nabizada, a spokesman for education department in northern Takhar province.
Some of the 150 girls, who suffered from headaches and vomiting, were in
critical condition, while others were able to go home after treatment in
hospital, the officials said.
They said they knew the water had been poisoned because a larger tank
used to fill the affected water jugs was not contaminated.
"This is not a natural illness. It's an intentional act to poison
schoolgirls," said Haffizullah Safi, head of Takhar's public health
None of the officials blamed any particular group for the attack,
fearing retribution from anyone named.
The Afghan government said last year that the Taliban, which has been
trying to adopt a more moderate face to advance exploratory peace talks,
had dropped its opposition to female education.
But the insurgency has never stated that explicitly and in the past acid
has been thrown in the faces of women and girls by hardline Islamists
while walking to school.
Education for women was outlawed by the Taliban government from
1996-2001 as un-Islamic.