>> Nearly half of Afghan children are being prevented from going to school, with the number rising for the first time since 2002. That's according to a report released on Sunday by UNICEF and USAID. The reasons the humanitarian organizations said are conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls.
Some 3.7 million children between the ages of seven and 17 or 44% are missing out on an education, with girls making up 60% of that number. In the worst affected provinces, 85% of girls are not in school. The Taliban, which is seeking to oust Kabul's US-backed government and return the country to strict Islamic rule, adamantly opposes education for girls.
At the same time, threats from Islamic states has forced the closure of dozens of schools.