I was moved by Marie Colvin's piece on a girls' school in the Taliban stronghold of Kanadahar. Whatever you think of the war there, the efforts of the international community to educate young women must be applauded. The education of girls was banned under the Taliban and today only 15% of the female population can read and write. In November 2008 motorcycle riders, believed to have been sent by the Taliban, threw acid at a group of 15 schoolgirls, blinding one and scarring several others. After that, many parents were afraid to send their girls to school. Yet within weeks, they were defying the women-haters and classrooms opened again. One of the girls scarred in the attacks is pictured above. Ehsan Ullah, 39, founded the school Marie visited,and used his own money to set it up. It has been expanded and improved by funding from the Canadian government and a private benefactor from the same country. Ullah has kept the school going at considerable person risk to himself and his family. He tells Marie he received a call from religious fundamentalists who demanded he close the school or they would 'boil his children'.