Last week, Malala Yousafzai, ‘the brave Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban’ addressed the U.N. Youth Assembly in New York on Friday 12th July.
The day was equally as special to her for another reason, it was Malala’s 16th birthday. The speech Malala made was in her own hand, and direct from her heart, It earned a standing ovation and rightly so.
It would appear that Malala opened up Pandora’s box that day, as her newly found position as a political activist has given her personal cause a powerful platform, far more powerful than the one used by the cowards who tried to take her life. Malala has just received a letter from Taliban commander Adnan Rasheed, which is a letter beyond contempt. ‘Dear Malala, this is why we tried to kill you’ The pen wielded by Malala Yousafzai, has proven to be mightier than the ‘7.62mm’ sword of Adnan Rasheed! I would urge you to listen to the speech given by 16-year-old Malala, on a birthday that her family thought would never happen.
This year’s Reflections of Hope Award goes to Malala Yousafzai. Be sure to read the classy response Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, gave to the media in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. . .
The Sun is working with Khwendo Kor and Shahida Choudhary to recommend Malala Yousafzai for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize. I could not agree more.
America’s Sergeant Major reminded me that I like to skirt the edges when it comes to topics to post on. I will ignore his use of the inflammatory word skirt (another USMC barb, no doubt), and share the link he sent over. On poor 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai:
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Girl
An attack by Taliban gunmen in north-west Pakistan that wounded a 14-year-old who campaigned for girls’ rights has caused an outcry in the country.
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley.
The president and prime minister have led condemnation of the attack.
Initial reports suggested she was out of danger, but there is growing concern over her condition with some reports saying she may need treatment abroad.
A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC they carried out the attack.
Once again, there are parts of the world that are primitive and untamed. And not in the Jungle Cruise kinda way, like the ride at Disneyland. That I may/may not have half-fallen into when I was significantly younger. By mistake. Hey, I was a Sailor back then too! And I imagined we were having open-ocean swim quals. Geronimo!
Pardon me, I did not mean to take this girl’s situation lightly. I joke because I don’t know what to say. Perhaps someone needs to look into getting Malala Yousafzai treatment in the States. She is brave. And deserves much better than what she has received in her country.