Week 41: Hero – Malala Yousafzai

by Ray_North on October 13, 2014

hero_iconThis week’s hero is the Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner for the rights of children and young girls, Malala Yousafzai.

Malala has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace – fantastic!

The good people who hand out the Nobel gongs don’t always get it right – Henry Kissinger, Barack Obama anyone? But, this time, fair play, they’ve got it spot on – Malala Yousafzai is a true hero for her generation, a beacon of hope and light in an increasingly dark world.

Her story has been well documented – she set up a blog and spoke about her abhorrence at the Taliban’s decision to close schools and ban girls from attending educational establishments. As a result of her stand, the cowards of the extreme Islamic tendency decided to kill her – a school girl. They came on to the bus she was using to get to school and shot her at point blank range.

Amazingly she didn’t die.

Even more amazing, is the fact that grew even stronger as a result of her injuries and her shocking ordeal. Less a person would have been defeated, cowed by the brutality of her oppressors – not Malala, she got better and then got straight back to campaigning for that most simple, yet fundamental of rights, the right to be educated, the right to learn.

Oh, how we wish politicians throughout the world could demonstrate one iota of the courage and intelligence that she has shown.

Her speech to the UN was incredible, as was her speech upon being awarded the Noble Prize – she was in a Chemistry lesson she declared with humility and modesty, before saying how pleased she was to be sharing the award with a person from India and how it had made her even more courageous.

The world needs Malala, we can only hope that she is never defeated by the forces of darkness or tainted by the trappings of modern politics and fame – she is our hero and the hope for a generation.

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