“Our people won’t let a girl study beyond the third grade (eight or nine years old). But this girl here cries and says: ‘I want to learn’. And I love her so much that I have no choice but to send her away from our village, because no education is available here beyond primary school level. She will go to the big city and she will learn and be the first one in the family”.
I hear these words from a Pakistani father about his daughter back in the early 2000s, on my second research assignment for the International Crisis Group.… Seguir leyendo »
As the world marks Polio Day today, Pakistan remains the greatest impediment to a polio-free world.
The country has more polio cases than any other, reflecting a double policy failure: to prioritise the health of its citizens, and to curb violent extremism. Pakistan’s deadly conflicts increase the likelihood the disease could spread to other countries.
Some progress has been made. The number of infections has dropped sharply this year, with 38 cases reported by Pakistan as of 14 October. This decline in infections — in June, the BBC reported a 70% drop — is largely the result of more innovative ways of expanding vaccination coverage, including more involvement by communities in eradication efforts.… Seguir leyendo »