Afghan girls protest in Kabul to demand Taliban reopen schools

Women foreign ministers and UN envoys issue calls for Afghanistan's hardline rulers to change their stance

About two dozen girls and women protested in the Afghan capital on Saturday against the Taliban's decision to shut their secondary schools only hours after re-opening them this week.

Thousands of jubilant girls across Afghanistan had flocked to learning institutions on Wednesday — the date the education ministry had set for classes to resume.

But only hours into the first day, the ministry announced a policy reversal that left youngsters saying they felt betrayed and foreign governments expressing outrage.

"Open the schools! Justice, justice!" the protesters chanted, some of them carrying school books, at a city square in Kabul.