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Girls Education Activist Arrested In Taliban

A prominent Afghan campaigner for female education has been arrested by the Taliban, even as teenage girls and women remain barred from classrooms.

Matiullah Wesa, aged 30, who has traveled to remote parts of the country trying to improve access to education for all children, has often received threats.

The Taliban have not said why Mr. Wesa was taken into custody.

His arrest comes amid the detention of a number of activists who have been campaigning for women’s education.

Mr. Wesa has been campaigning for girls’ right to study since the Taliban barred female education in 2021.

The UN’s mission in Afghanistan has also highlighted Mr. Wesa’s case and called on the Taliban to clarify his whereabouts and the reasons for his detainment.

Women’s rights have been gradually eroded since the Taliban returned to power in 2021 following the withdrawal of US-led forces.

Only boys and male teachers were allowed into secondary schools when they reopened in September 2021.

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