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Afghan girls defy prejudice and attacks on schools

29 June 2012 Last updated at 19:09 BST

The number of girls who are able to go to school in Afghanistan has gone up dramatically in the last 10 years.

However, a series of recent attacks on schools across the country has lead the Afghan government to close down some 500 schools.

In an act of defiance - schoolgirls carry on attending lessons.

Karen Zarindast reports.