The western media likes to portray people in the Middle East as crazy, militant, freedom-hating cowards so far removed from our own progressive ideals (calm down, neocons). What this establishes is that, at the very least, the majority of people in these countries are just like us. They want the same things – to live in peace and provide for their families. Obviously their governments, as with the west, have something to say about that, but the people themselves aren’t the suicide bombers they’re made out to be in the press.
I truly admire this young girl for her courage. She stood up for what she believes in at a young age and was willing to sacrifice her life for it. Malala Yousafzai received death threats before. This wasn’t a one-off. She knew that one day, this could be coming. She didn’t care. Her ideals mattered more. I’ll likely have more on her in future postings.
You can talk about kids who have shown courage in speaking out on important issues in America, Canada and the UK, but no kid does that sort of thing even remotely considering the possibility of repercussions, especially violent ones.
As of today, she is on a ventilator and unconscious with a 70% chance of survival, according to the all-reliable Wikipedia. 2 other girls, presumably friends of hers, were also shot.
I am however heartened by the reaction of the Pakistani people, who have renewed my faith in humanity. More on this as it develops. Pray for her speedy recovery. All the best, Mala!
- Fury over attack on Pakistan girl (bbc.co.uk)
- Shooting of teen peace activist triggers revulsion at terror apologists (thehindu.com)
- Shooting of teen peace activist triggers revulsion (thehindu.com)
- TTP claims responsibility of attack on Malala (sananews.net)
- Doctors successfully operate on Malala, bullet removed (dawn.com)
- Malala Yousufzai: Young activist attacked in Pakistan’s Swat – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Taliban gunman shoots Pakistani teen activist (cbsnews.com)
- Pakistani teen blogger shot by Taliban ‘critical’ after surgery (worldnews.nbcnews.com)
- A 14 Years Old Children Rights Activist by Syed Haider Karrar (pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com)