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The Never Ending Nightmare

     Wandering through the well-lit halls of our schools, we, the students often complain about the inhumane weight of our book bags, the two hundred sit-ups completed in physical education or the oncoming doom of deadlines.  Rarely do we stop to consider, that we, as part of the female population are extremely fortunate to be allowed to receive any kind of education at all, which spans beyond the basic ABC's. Unlike us, Afghan women and girls of all ages are denied the basic right of attending school after the age of eight and are banned from enrolling in universities.

This introduction was written by a tenth grade student named Vera who is from Cleveland, Ohio.   It is used by permission from her.  The complete essay can be read online at

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