The ancient university in Baghdad, founded in 1233, CBS' Lara Logan told us, had been under continuous threat for months. Her colleague Elizabeth Palmer visited the campus in December to profile students defying death threats and intimidation despite the assassination of 171 professors. The campus gates were guarded then by militiamen from the Mahdi Army. "Today Sunni terrorists taught them and the students a new lesson in terror," as a pair of bombs killed upwards of 60 students heading home after classes.
ABC's Dan Harris gave us the highlights of a United Nations report on the violence against civilians during 2006, when almost 34,500 civilians were killed in Iraq: women denied education and healthcare, children abducted and trafficked as sex slaves, professional such as journalists, lawyers and teachers targeted for assassination. "Some schools are shutting down with students simply too afraid to attend."
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