Even Taliban bullets will not stop schoolgirls’ bravery
Armed only with words, a fourteen-year-old girl was declared dangerous by the Taliban and shot point blank in the head.
Today, the Taliban say they’ll try to kill her again. If she survives.
She had already survived a Taliban takeover of her home in the Swat Valley but was a target because of her public views on the right of women to have an education.
Thousands of people, many of whom had probably not heard of Malala Yousafzai before, hit their keyboards expressing anger and most of their anger was rightly directed at the Taliban instead of targeting the larger group of all Muslims.
Not all Muslims are against a woman’s right to an education - neither are all men, nor all Pakistanis.
Malala’s father was proud when someone showed him a printout of her blog - he said it was wonderful.
A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said Malala was promoting Western culture - but education is not a solely Western idea.
With the world watching, political leaders in Pakistan have condemned the attack as an act of a “sick mindset”, “blatant terrorism” and a “cowardice step”.
They’re only words but words were all Malala had as well. She wrote:
Last night I had a scary dream in which I saw soldiers, helicopters and Taliban. I’m having such kind of dreams ever since the army operation started in Swat. Mother prepared breakfast for us and then I left for school.
I was very much scared because the Taliban announced yesterday that girls should stop going to schools.
Today our head teacher told the school assembly that school uniform is no longer compulsory and from tomorrow onwards, girls should come in in their normal dresses. Out of 27, only 11 girls attended the school today.
The military may take action and bomb Taliban strongholds but the real bravery that counts will be that of other girls in the Swat Valley who continue to go to school, despite their fear.
Comments on this post will close at 8pm AEST.
Read all about it
Up to the minute Twitter chatter
The latest and greatest
Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…
I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…
In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…