I will begin today’s news feed with a rather somber report. Some of you may already know this, but a 14-year-old girl named Malala Yousufzai from Pakistan was recently shot in the head by Taliban terrorists as she rode a school bus home one afternoon. Why, you may ask, was such a horrific act of violence perpetrated on such a beautiful young girl? All because she believes, and has very publicly stated, that girls deserve the same rights and freedoms as boys enjoy in her homeland.
Direct from CNN News:
“Malala has gained renown in Pakistan and around the globe for her efforts to defend the right of girls to go to school where she lives, the Taliban-heavy Swat Valley.
She was riding home in a school van Tuesday in the tense region, in northwest Pakistan, when gunmen jumped into the vehicle and demanded to know which girl she was. Her horrified classmates pointed to her, and the men fired. Two other girls were wounded, but not seriously.
Malala was rushed to a hospital in the northwestern city of Peshawar, where doctors worked to tackle the swelling of her brain and removed a bullet lodged in her neck. She was then moved to a military hospital in Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, which has a specialized pediatric intensive care unit.
The decision to send her to Britain was based on the expectation that she will need to have the damaged bones in her skull repaired or replaced, as well as intensive neurological rehabilitation, the military said Monday.”
Malala gained famed as a blogger from northwestern Pakistan who went on the offensive against strict, draconian measures put in place against females by the Taliban. After the terrorist organization took control of the region in 2003, life for both males and females was immediately altered: “They demanded veils for women, beards for men and a ban on music and television. They allowed boys’ schools to operate but closed those for girls. But young Malala defied the Taliban edict, demanding an education. For that, she got a bullet to the head — and the attention of much of the world.”
If you would like to read more about this incredible young lady, who was recently awarded Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize, follow any of the links below. As she faces a long, tenuous recovery in Great Britain with her parents and siblings by her side, let us all hope that she will not only recover, but thrive. I will end this post with a few of things that Malala believes she, and all the girls and women of Pakistan, deserve:
“I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”