Young girls in Afghanistan are often denied an education and many schools were shut down by the Taliban. In the mountainous region of Bamiyan, 18-year-old Freshta has set up a school for local children.
Militants have raided an education department building in eastern Afghanistan, trapping workers inside. It's the third major attack in less than two weeks in the increasingly volatile region on the border with Pakistan.
A United Nations report indicates the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan has increased, with militant attacks and suicide bombings their leading cause. Peace efforts in the war-torn country remain unsuccessful.
The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, has said at least 3.7 million children in war-torn Afghanistan cannot go to school. Girls are at a particular disadvantage, it added.
The reported death of Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, is likely to reduce tensions between Washington and Islamabad, but it is unclear whether Pakistan will support Afghan peace efforts.
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