• Because most of the girls were still in mourning and all of them had lost their textbooks, even pencils and pens, Shaukat Ali began the first classes by reading to them from poetry and religious texts. "Reading, literature, and spirituality are good for the soul," he told them. "So we will start with these studies.

    Greg Mortenson (2009). “Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan”, p.149, Penguin