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Afghan siege violates a university oasis

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>> The liberal heart of Afghanistan's capital pierced in a deadly attack. This promotional video for the American University in Kabul showcasing the school's promise of the sort of idyllic Western education many young Afghans can only dream of. This week, that image was violated by a militant raid on the campus that killed 13 people.
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Reuters' Hamid Shalizi has been speaking to students who survived the attack.>> Although the attacks will certainly have negative impacts on the morale of the students and professors. But many students we spoke to yesterday were saying that they would return to the university as soon as it reopens.
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Despite of the fact that some of them say that their parents were against it, as they were concerned about their security.>> In a country starved of opportunities, the American University was founded a decade ago with the help of USAID. Under the ideal the school will give students from all walks of life the tools to overcome the chaos around them.
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Officials say the attacks changed nothing.>> The spokesman of the university was telling me that right now, they are busy caring for the wounded and the reconstruction of the institution. And he was emphasizing that the university will once again rise even stronger and no militant attacks would deter them from providing the education.
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>> Two teachers from the school, American and Australian, were abducted at gunpoint nearby earlier this month. They are still missing. But Wednesday's attack actually breached this sanctuary. Students telling Reuters their biggest fear now is that foreign professors will be less willing to come to Kabul, leaving them without the tools they need to rebuild a nation.