The Malala We Never Knew

The Malala We Never Knew

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Torment of the families who lost their children in the Taliban hit is untold. The inhumane behaviour of the Taliban terrorists will never be forgiven. Murdering innocent, naive children is no means to claim justice. The atrocities of the Taliban does not just begin here. An earlier victim of  the sadistic temperament of the Taliban a couple of years backside was the valiant Malala Yousafzai, a promoter of girls education. She was gunshot in the head in October 2012 on her way from school in Mingora. She roughly saw death and came back to life, owing to her bravery. Today, she is the youngest in the globe  to win a Nobel Peace Prize. I am definite that at some tip of time we all would have wished to be familiar with what her childhood was like and how this 17 year old managed to congregate so much of courage.

Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, the largest city in Swat District in Pakistan. Back in the 1990’s the city was a major tourist destination. Queen Elizabeth termed it as the “Switzerland” of the British Empire. But the ascend of Taliban in Pakistan led to the eradication of tourism from the city. And almost immediately the city came in the control of Taliban. Conversely, subsequent to a ferocious warfare stuck between the government forces and the Taliban, the city was finally at liberty. Malala’s strong connection headed for education could be traced back from her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, who was the initiator of a private girls’ only school which Malala attended. He says that “When I saw her for the first time, a very newborn child and I looked into her eyes , I fell in love with her.”

Following the constant attacks by the Taliban in girls’ schools in Swat, Malala vocalized her concerns in Peshawar, Pakistan in September 2008. Her speech was titled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” By the beginning of 2009, Malala began blogging for the BBC writing about the terrorization of Taliban to refute her an education. She wrote under the name of Gul Makai, though by the end of 2009 Malala was exposed to be a BBC Blogger.

The struggle Malala faced was not plainly against the Taliban, she had to encounter with her own kith and kin. She constantly credits her father for being close to her through the thick and thin. One such case in point Malala quoted came from her male cousin who asked her father “Why isn’t she covered?” he replied ” She’s my daughter. Look after your own affairs.” Malala, you are beyond doubt a blessed daughter.

What several of us don’t know about Malala is that, she also had fears, irresponsibility and bizarreness akin to any other teenager. She talks about how at the age of 10 she was more concerned with the popular fiction Twilight than activism when Taliban came to Swat Valley. She further adds on how she longed to be a vampire.

One of Malala’s innermost yearning was to grow an inch taller. She complains about how she stopped growing by the age of thirteen and how much she ostracized being amid the shortest in the class. But this brave heart like any of us did learn after being erroneous. At the age of seven she started stealing earrings, necklaces and other jewels from a classmate and passed this on until she was trapped. She says how at first stealing was an ecstasy for her but later it went on to become a craving.

Malala is justly the pride of not just Pakistan but the complete humankind. Her accomplishment is unmatched and unequalled. I consider that every individual ought to take lead from her. She is a temperate activist of peace who through the uncomplicated act of going to school became a universal educator.




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