Razia's Ray of Hope

Razia’s Ray of Hope News

News about the foundation, girls' education, and women's rights in Afghanistan

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The road to Zabuli

Duxbury Clipper: Children line their bench-style desks, patiently alert, chatting softly. A teacher reviews last minute lesson plans and writes a greeting on the spotless blackboard. At the schoolyard gate, visitors gather in the sun. They wait for honored guests, watch last-minute preparations and direct the occasional car to a parking spot out of the way. The mood is festive and happy. It’s the first day of school, a day to be celebrated with song and speech — so the barrels of the Kalashnikov rifles are pointed to the ground.