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    Insecurity deprives 4,000 Baghlan children of education

    PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): Nearly 4,000 children have been deprived of education in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province due to insecurity, an official on Monday.

    Afghan security forces retook the Baisqal area of Baghlan-i-Markazi from militants loyal to the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) 10 days ago; four years after the area fell into the hands of the rebels.

    Over 2,000 families in 25 villages are living in the area, 80 kilometers from Puli Khumri city, the provincial capital. Children are unable to go to schools because militants still hold sway in the area.

    ”All people in Baisqalm, especially children, are deprived of education,” tribal elder Syed Essa said. He said the government had not established a single education facility in the area over the past five years.  

    Another tribal elder, Abdul Jalil, said teachers and educated people fled after the area was captured by insurgents.

    An ex-fighter, Toor said the area became insecure after the HIA fighters overran it. He said the residents had no access to education.

    Education Director Syed Mansoor confirmed the problem, saying they planned to build three schools in the area next solar year. He said there was a primary school in the area, but militants destroyed the building. He said they would send teachers to the area if residents were ready to provide security for them.