Deadly blaze throws spotlight on Saudi girls schools

04.12.2011                      08.Kislev. 5772

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Deadly blaze throws spotlight on Saudi girls schools

Second tragedy in nine years points up sub-standard facilities, safety deficiencies.

The scene was chilling to watch: Three young girls, clad in their black abayas, dropping one by one from the third-floor window shrouded in billowing black smoke as their school went up in flames.
The fierce fire that burned Baraim Al-Watan Girls’ School in the Al-Safa District on November 19 left three teachers dead and 56 students and school personnel injured. It was reminiscent of the 2002 Makkah Intermediate School No. 31 fire that killed 15 girls after members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice forced the victims back into the burning building to retrieve their abayas, the long black cloak that covers women from head to toe….