Malala Yousafzai: Champion for Humankind

Photo from Ikhraff Qaiser of Lahoripoint

I was halfway to work when the story of Malala Yousafzai being shot in the head by the Taliban began.  I turned my radio up although I could hear it just fine.  I needed to hear the painful Pakistani tale loudly for some reason.

She was a bright girl.

She wanted to learn.

She had been promoting education for girls, and children’s rights.  And all this was stopped by a bullet shot into her head which exited through her shoulder.  Shot by a member of the Taliban who wanted her message stopped. Shot by a member of the group who has deemed her “obscene” for wanting to get an education.

Shot through my heart that was bleeding anger and disgust.

Later that day I read a post by a BlogHer member and a phrase she wrote sat with me: “”I have to point out here that this programme boiled my piss.”  Yeah.  It fit.  The unconscionable actions by the Taliban against Malala boiled my piss.  It’s still boiling.

As someone who feels like she was saved, maybe reborn or renewed, by her own educational process, you can bet your life it’s boiling.

So, I’ve not decided what my counteraction to the Taliban’s cowardly attack on that precious girl’s body will be, but this is a start.  However I can promise you, it’s not the finish.

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Feature image on front page from the New York Times.

4 responses to “Malala Yousafzai: Champion for Humankind

  1. How sad it is that there are such inhumane people on this earth and how grateful we are that there are others though very young that will stand up for what is right!

    • You know, when I was a university instructor about 8 years ago, my class did a study of child activists. There are actually international organizations RUN by children, although their board of directors has many adults sit in various positions. I’m convinced some of the very bravest of us all are children.

  2. Dani – I’m grateful that the child might live. I’m hopeful that her healing will be complete and that she will not sustain brain damage. I’m horribly sad that a group would come against a child who wants to learn. I don’t know if I wish them a slow death. I’ve not ever interacted with them. I do wish, however, that some miraculous change comes about wherein they find a way to balance their religious views that are so precious to them, and a way to wish freedom and learning for their female children…a freedom to embrace the good of their religion. I can’t imagine any true religion – Muslim included – would condone shooting a child who wishes to learn and contribute to her world.

  3. this is the third post {all by women} i’ve read tonight about Malala. and you are right! they are cowards who deserve a slow death in my book.

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