Terror hits university in Pakistan
Once again a university is being attacked. Once again we are reminded that education and university campuses are in urgent need of protection.
Terrorists have attacked Bacha Khan University campus in Charsadda, north-west Pakistan. The terrorists have killed at least 30 and wounded many more. Taliban has taken responsibility for the attacks.
Last year I blogged about the terrorist attack on the Garissa University College that killed 147 students and left many people wounded. Sadly, what transpired at Bacha Khan and Garissa is part of a bigger and dismal picture. Tragedies abound. The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) has collected evidence from 2005 until today about how schools and universities are being used and attacked by military forces. In at least 28 countries, schools and universities have been targeted for occupation.
There is a need to protect schools and universities in warfare, just as there is a need to protect hospitals and clinics. Schools and universities are places where refugees seek shelter and places where pupils and students should feel safe to acquire knowledge in peace – for the betterment of society. We are reminded of the necessity to follow up the Lucens guidelines - international guidelines to protect schools and universities from military use.
The sad news this morning was a brutal wake up call. Our thoughts go to the victims – the students and teachers that were hit by the attacks on Bacha Khan University.