Picture of young girls studying in an alleged secret school in Afghanistan is heartbreaking

Picture of young girls studying in an alleged secret school in Afghanistan is heartbreaking

Women who broke the rules sometimes suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban's religious police

As the international militant group, the Taliban cemented its control over Afghanistan, it is the women of the country who are staring at a dark future.

When the militant group ruled the nation between 1996-2001, girls' schools were closed, women were prevented from travelling and working, and were forced to wear an all-covering burqa in public.

Women who broke the rules sometimes suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban's religious police under the group's strict interpretation of Islamic law.

So, naturally, every woman residing in the country is scared whether she would lose all the rights she had gained in the past 20 years. The most important one being her right to education.

Some gutsy women didn't want to stand back and watch their hard work turn to dust. They staged protests against the militant group on the streets of Kabul for basic rights such as education, work and political participation. However, the majority of them fear the outcome of these protests considering what happened in the past.

However, they don't want to just sit back and do nothing. A powerful picture that emerged on the internet is proof that history may have repeated but people will not hold back like the last time.

A picture shared by Turkish novelist Elif Shafak shows a secret school for girls in the city of Herat, Afghanistan. In the picture young girls can be seen with notebooks. However, their classrooms are in dark rooms and basements. This picture was apparently shared with her by New York Times journalist, Farnaz Fassihi.

She wrote, "This photo is so powerful and utterly heartbreaking. Secret school for girls in dark rooms and basements in Herat. Life for women and girls under the Taliban."

People on the internet lauded these girls spirits and wished them safety. Many were heartbroken to see how these girls have to study in a dingy room to get a basic education.

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Let's hope these young girls remain safe, sound and continue to not lose hope.

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