By Maliyah Ledesma, age 10 and IndyKids staff

In March, school girls across Afghanistan put on their uniforms and headed off to class, returning after a seven-month ban enacted by the Taliban. Within hours, they were sent home.

After regaining power in Afghanistan, the Taliban banned teenage girls from attending school. The group agreed to lift the ban on March 23, but changed their minds at the last minute. The frustrated school girls took to the streets of Kabul in protest. “Education is our fundamental right, not a political plan,” they chanted outside of the Ministry of Education.

The actions of the Taliban have caused international anger. The World Bank, a global financial institution, has suspended four projects worth $600 million aimed at improving education, health and agriculture in Afghanistan.