Zeenat’s Survival Story

We lived in Kulangar, in the Logar province, and I went to Qalai Sayedan Secondary School. It was far from my home, about 500 meters, and located close to Kabul Gardiz main road, approximately 8 km to the north of the Pole Alam Central Logar province.

I was in the sixth grade, and there were 36 female and male students in my class.

I would like to write my unforgettable story, yet every time I remember that situation, I cannot control my tears. It was a very bad day for me and my classmates.  

I would like to write my unforgettable story, yet every time I remember that situation, I cannot control my tears.

Zeenat Haseer

On June 12, 2007, I went to school in the morning. In the summer season, our last subject of the day was math. When the class finished, the bell rung and we all headed home together. We were required to travel to home from school in a group of students because of the previous threat of Taliban attacks in our schools. We tried to have a teacher in this group because they guided us well.

We were required to travel to home from school in a group of students because of the previous threat of Taliban attacks in our schools.

Zeenat Haseer

Almost five minutes after leaving the school, we heard gunfire. When we heard the gunfire, we tried to see who was shooting and what was happening. We could see all the way to the road, which was only a few meters away from us, until the teacher told us to sit down. A bullet passed near my eyes as I tried to sit down. It was the most horrible thing that I have ever felt in my life. When the shooting was finished, we went home.

A bullet passed near my eyes as I tried to sit down. It was the most horrible thing that I have ever felt in my life.

Zeenat Haseer

The next day, I heard that my classmate Shukira was killed, and that my friend Shogofa was injured. Shogofa did not return to school after that attack. 11 years later, I saw Shogofa; she was married, but she still suffers from foot pain. In total, 2 students were killed during this attack and 5 students as well as 1 teacher were injured. Most of the injured students did not continue their education.

Shukria’s grave

After the attack, my family supported me to continue my studies. My father and mother are educated people and they knew how important education is in life, especially female education. I changed my school from Qalai Sayedan to Bibi Amena High School located in Puli Alam district in Central Logar province. Here, I graduated from twelfth grade, and then, fortunately, I enrolled in Law and Political Science at Paktia University to continue my studies. Despite the bad security situation, I studied at Paktia University for a year before later transferring to Kabul University. 

Girl’s school after the Taliban attack

After the attack, my family supported me to continue my studies. My father and mother are educated people and they knew how important education is in life, especially female education.

Zeenat Haseer

Successfully, I graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Science (Administrative and Diplomacy) of Kabul University, Afghanistan, in 2017. Currently, I work with USAID project DAI/SHAHAR.

Successfully, I graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Science (Administrative and Diplomacy) of Kabul University, Afghanistan, in 2017.

Zeenat Haseer
Zeenat Haseer graduating from Kabul University

Author: Zeenat Haseer is a Law and Political Science graduate from Kabul University. Currently, she works with USAID project DAI/SHAHAR.

Editor: Evelyn Palach


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