Malala Yousufzai, 14 year-old Pakistani hero
Malala Yousufzai is a 14 year-old Pakistani girl who simply wanted to get an education. A Taliban gunman shot and critically wounded her as she was coming home from school. Her assailant walked into her school bus, called out her name and shot her in the head and neck. Her “crime” was public advocacy of female education. On October 10th the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan organization told the media she was leading a “campaign against Islam.”
Malala gained fame through an online diary for the BBC, in which she promoted Western culture. She received a National Youth Peace Prize from Pakistan’s then-Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The Taliban grew irate with her comments. They warned her to hush up. She refused to yield. What the Taliban underestimated with this assassination attempt was the outrage that would arise in the country. The Pakistani people are rising up against these injustices. The Taliban has vowed to kill her wherever she resides.
What scares the Taliban the most is that she isn’t afraid of them. Without fear, the Taliban has no power. This young girl is immensely brave and heroic. I hope she survives the ordeal and is not killed by the Taliban. The Pakistan government is finally acknowledging the atrocities allowed in its country. More than 100 arrests have been made in relation to the shooting. She is currently in Great Britain and is able to stand up (with aid). Because Malala is brave and because she isn’t afraid of standing up to the Taliban, she is certainly worthy of my praise of the week.
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