In Spina, a mountain village in eastern Afghanistan, girls attend an informal school in a family’s living room, defying a Taliban edict. The country has many areas where formal efforts to educate women and girls have crumbled in the face of threats from insurgents.
A girl reads aloud in an informal school in Spina, Afghanistan. Less than half the class has textbooks that have made their way from Kabul. Kevin Sieff/The Washington Post Buy Photo