Daily Thoughts

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is an eighteen year old girl who is from Swat Valley in Pakistan. Swat Valley was taken over by the Taliban when she was a young girl. The Taliban banned all girls from going to school. Her and some other brave girls refused to obey this unjust law, and continued getting their education. One day, Malala and her friends were on a bus on the way to school when a Talib pulled the bus over and boarded. He asked, “Who is Malala?” and when he found her, shot her in the forehead at point blank range. He also shot two of her other friends in the arms and shoulder. Miraculously, Malala survived this attack, and now is perfectly functioning, except for some mild facial paralysis. Malala is now the face for women’s and children’s rights, especially to an education. She believes in the power of non-violence and that every child in the world deserves an education. She spoke to the United Nations in 2013 and has just recently won the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 2014. She is truly an inspiration of bravery and peace. Hearing her story makes me appreciate my right to an education and I realize how lucky I was to live in a place where I could go to a free public school. She is my hero.

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