“At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.”
This young girl, now 14, was shot by the Taliban on a school bus full of other children this last Tuesday for speaking out. She is now in critical condition and faces continued threats of attack.
“She knew her voice was important, so she spoke up for the rights of children. Even adults didn’t have a vision like hers,” said Samar Minallah, a documentary filmmaker who has worked among Pashtun women.
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UPDATE: Ironically (terribly) this happened during the same week as International Day of the Girl.
**If you are wondering about my absence I have been taking a break as I get down to the nitty-gritty of applying for graduate school. I broke the hiatus because I believe this girls story is important. Also note that I started a Facebook page. Feel free to click around on Facebook or in the archives as I study.