Having the chance to attend school, two Turkmen girls in Afghanistan reveal their hopes and fears for the future. Considerably improved access to education, especially for girls, is perhaps one of the most dramatic social changes in Afghanistan in the last 12 years. Since 2001, when the Taliban were toppled from power by US-backed Afghan forces, three million girls have returned to school. Women were previously banned from work and education under Taliban rule. But periodic attacks against female students, their teachers and their school buildings, continue.