A small, positive step in Afghanistan 

 In September,  a small school was being run in Afghanistan by U.S. Marine Capt. Jason Armas, with the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine out of Hawaii. The school had become a target of the Taliban, which threatened those who attended classes. The outdoor school, covered by a tent to shelter students from the the desert sun, was a trek for many of the villagers who live in the area. By late September, only a handful of students were attending. When Armas asked why, a young boy said "they are afraid."


  But Armas said via e-mail to The Examiner that students are returning to the school, and for the first time a female has attended.


"Today was my last day of running the school as I am getting ready to leave the country, and to my surprise this morning we had our first female student," Armas wrote. "We were floored to see her there and couldn't believe it. I know when people ask me if we are making a difference at least I can say today we did."

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