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Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hundreds of thousands of Afghan girls and young women have not been allowed to return to their studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBU0 
October 23, 2021 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed by the Taliban to Kabul Education University), reads a book with her sister on a windowsill at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 23, 2021. Like hundreds of thousands of other Afghan girls and young women, Hawa has not been allowed to return to her studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. "We are not born to sit at home," she told Reuters "If we can nurture babies we can provide for our families too. In this situation, I do not see my dreams coming true." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBU3 
October 23, 2021 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed by the Taliban to Kabul Education University), smiles as she talks to her sister at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 23, 2021. Like hundreds of thousands of other Afghan girls and young women, Hawa has not been allowed to return to her studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. "We are not born to sit at home," she told Reuters "If we can nurture babies we can provide for our families too. In this situation, I do not see my dreams coming true." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra. SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBV2 
October 21, 2021 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed by the Taliban to Kabul Education University), has tea with her sister, at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 21, 2021. Like hundreds of thousands of other Afghan girls and young women, Hawa has not been allowed to return to her studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. "We are not born to sit at home," she told Reuters "If we can nurture babies we can provide for our families too. In this situation, I do not see my dreams coming true." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBU2 
October 25, 2021 
Girls attend a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Girls attend a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTT 
October 25, 2021 
Female primary school students leave school after a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Female primary school students leave school after a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQS 
October 20, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, shows Reuters her former school, where she was allowed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, shows Reuters her former school, where she was allowed back to sit in the classroom, in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I would love to come back to my class, resume my studies, to be with my classmates and teachers," REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQH 
October 26, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, helps her sister, Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, helps her sister, Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, with her homework after school at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can."I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBU1 
October 23, 2021 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed by the Taliban to Kabul Education University), reads a book as she sits on a windowsill at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 23, 2021. Like hundreds of thousands of other Afghan girls and young women, Hawa has not been allowed to return to her studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. "We are not born to sit at home," she told Reuters "If we can nurture babies we can provide for our families too. In this situation, I do not see my dreams coming true." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTX 
October 26, 2021 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student attends a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021.... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student attends a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. "I'm in the 4th grade. I want to be a doctor, but if in two years' time I am not be allowed to continue my studies like my sister, I won't be able to fulfil my dream," said Hadia. "That already scares me." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTV 
October 20, 2021 
A map of Afghanistan is seen on the wall of a school hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
A map of Afghanistan is seen on the wall of a school hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTY 
October 25, 2021 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student attends a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021.... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student attends a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. "I'm in the 4th grade. I want to be a doctor, but if in two years' time I am not be allowed to continue my studies like my sister, I won't be able to fulfil my dream," said Hadia. "That already scares me." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTU 
October 26, 2021 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, solves a mathematical equation on a whiteboard in a classroom... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, solves a mathematical equation on a whiteboard in a classroom in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. "I'm in the 4th grade. I want to be a doctor, but if in two years' time I am not be allowed to continue my studies like my sister, I won't be able to fulfil my dream," said Hadia. "That already scares me." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQL 
October 25, 2021 
Hadia (Centre), 10, a 4th grade primary school student, leaves school after a class in Kabul, Afghanistan,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hadia (Centre), 10, a 4th grade primary school student, leaves school after a class in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. "I'm in the 4th grade. I want to be a doctor, but if in two years' time I am not be allowed to continue my studies like my sister, I won't be able to fulfil my dream," said Hadia. "That already scares me." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTW 
October 20, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, sits at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, sits at her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTQ 
October 19, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, studies on YouTube to keep herself busy at her home... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, studies on YouTube to keep herself busy at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQN 
October 19, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student copies what she has learnt on YouTube onto a small... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student copies what she has learnt on YouTube onto a small whiteboard while her sister, Sewita, 19, looks on, at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTR 
October 19, 2021 
A whiteboard used by Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, is seen at her home in Kabul,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
A whiteboard used by Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, is seen at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQT 
October 20, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, walks past her former school in Kabul, Afghanistan,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, walks past her former school in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I would love to come back to my class, resume my studies, to be with my classmates and teachers," REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQQ 
October 20, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, puts nail polish at home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, puts nail polish at home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQR 
October 20, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, hoses down the ground outside her house in Kabul,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, hoses down the ground outside her house in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQP 
October 19, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, sits with her sister, Sewita, 19, at their home in... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, sits with her sister, Sewita, 19, at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home."REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTZ 
October 23, 2021 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hawa, 20, a third-year Russian literature student at the Burhanuddin Rabbani University (which was renamed by the Taliban to Kabul Education University), tears up during an interview with Reuters while speaking of family members killed during the fighting between the Taliban and former government forces at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 23, 2021. Like hundreds of thousands of other Afghan girls and young women, Hawa has not been allowed to return to her studies since the Taliban seized power in mid-August. "We are not born to sit at home," she told Reuters "If we can nurture babies we can provide for our families too. In this situation, I do not see my dreams coming true." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBTS 
October 20, 2021 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, walks back from school through an alleyway near her home... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, walks back from school through an alleyway near her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 20, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. "I'm in the 4th grade. I want to be a doctor, but if in two years' time I am not be allowed to continue my studies like my sister, I won't be able to fulfil my dream," said Hadia. "That already scares me." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQI 
October 19, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, uses YouTube to study at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, uses YouTube to study at her home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 19, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQM 
October 26, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, who is among those who are banned from school by Taliban,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, who is among those who are banned from school by Taliban, plays volleyball with her sister Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQF 
October 25, 2021 
A Taliban fighter gestures to a colleague as he stands by the entrance to a school, in Kabul, Afghanistan,... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
A Taliban fighter gestures to a colleague as he stands by the entrance to a school, in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 25, 2021. The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
AFGHANISTAN-CONFLICT/GIRLS-EDUCATION
RTXJFBQO 
October 26, 2021 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, helps her sister, Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school... 
Kabul, Afghanistan 
The Wider Image: Dreams on hold: Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class 
Sahar, 17, an 11th grade secondary school student, helps her sister, Hadia, 10, a 4th grade primary school student, with her homework after school at their home in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 26, 2021. Sahar wants to become an engineer, but, for now at least, has to learn at home as best she can. "I am trying to continue my lessons at home but nevertheless the environment at school, the classroom, our friends and teachers is something different compared to being at home." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "BENSEMRA EDUCATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES 
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