Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban

This story made headlines all over the world a year ago. A girl from Pakistan was shot by a Talib on her way from school. Why? She just wanted to learn… Now her story has been published as a book "I Am Malala". She dedicates it to “all the girls who have faced injustice and been silenced. Together we will be heard”.

Malala Yousafzai is now 16. She’s not the only one child who wants to learn but there are people who say she doesn’t have a right to it. What makes her so unique is the fact that she had so much courage to stand out and to continue her fight despite a ban and a terror act performed by the Taliban nearly every day after they took her Sway valley under control. She nearly paid the highest price. The Taliban tried to kill her but they didn’t succeed. She’s alive and still fighiting, now even more than ever, for the children’s right to education.

The book she wrote with Christina Lamb, a British journalist passionate for Pakistan, is not only her manifest, it’s full of references to her love for her family, her home - a village and the Swat valley she comes from, her love to the country which haven’t always support her, as well as her dedication to Islam. It seems everything is fine in this picture but one thing… Education. She doesn’t want to stay all her life in purda - a place for women in a Pakistani traditional house. She was brought like this by her father who’s biggest dream was to create and run a school in his hometown. She admits that she was raised to have her own opinions and be independent - something not every Pakistani girl could have.  She had a full support of her parents, even though they knew it’s not safe.

For many people who live in a country where everyone has a right to education and his own independent life the things we read in the book seem unbelievable. Why should someone want to shot a girl yearning for education, to send a suicided bomber to a school?! And all this in the name of their religion.
I’m far from ciritizing Islam because it’s not the religion in itself what tells people to commit crimes, but rather other people or their own views on how life should look like. In Europe, Christians had had similar experiences centuries ago...

This book is very mature as for 16 year old girl. It contains opinions every conscious adult would be proud of. Yet at the same time we learn about Malala’s everyday life, her loving pink garments, fighting with her brothers, competing with friends at school, passion for nature. All this during growing terror from the ones whom you call your countrymen or brothers. Sometimes the story of Malala is compared to that Anna Frank. The latter wrote her diary but hadn’t so much luck to survive. Mamala had. And she share wish us her story...

I recommend this book for everyone who wants to know more about a girl who received so much attention and even got nomination for Peace Nobel Prize this year.

“I Am Malala. The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban”
Authors: Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London
Year: 2013
Pages: 296 pages (e-book)
Language: English

Official site of the Malala Fund: www.malalafund.org


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