Pakistani bloggers join hands to help rebuild bombed schools
Sanjay Jha | January 30, 2009 at 03:59 amby
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A group of Pakistani bloggers living abroad have joined hands to collect funds on the internet to help rebuild the schools bombed by the Taliban in the picturesque Swat valley.
The organisation, which has set a target of USD 2000, has so far collected USD 655 through their blogs.
"Let us all please make sure that no schools are destroyed ever, anywhere," wrote columnist Adil Najam and inviting bloggers to donate for the cause.
"If not the HDF, help out any other group that you know better and is doing good work, especially in education. But do whatever you can do for the education of Pakistan's young generation and for the sake of our futures," blog said.
Bloggers have welcomed the step taken by HDF.
"There is no better cause in the world than the education of kids," wrote Tariq Khan, a regular contributor to the blog.
"Let us all stand with those who build schools and against those who destroy them. As proud Pakistanis, we must stand vigilant and speak out against that brings disrepute threatens our country," reads a blog posted on the popular allthingspakistan blog.
The Taliban in Pakistan have banned girl's education from January 15 and bombed or torched nearly 200 schools in Swat in the past two years.
The ban has affected 40,000 students in 400 private schoolsand 82,000 girls in state-run schools. Some 8,000 teachers fear losing their jobs if the schools remain closed.
The government claims the schools in Swat will reopen on March 1 following a winter break.