Our staff recently received news of an Afghanistan government official who worked closely with Barakat being shot and killed on his way home from work in late December. The man, who was the Director of Education for the city where Barakat runs a school and several literacy programs, had been a strong supporter of girls’ and women’s education and rights. He had been very supportive of Barakat’s work and his own daughter had attended a Barakat school. The Taliban is thought to be responsible for the shooting. We at Barakat are saddened by the event, and have sent our sincere condolences to his family.