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A REAL-LIFE HEROINE

on 15 October 2012. Posted in 2012

img malala2PHOTO CREDIT: CNNI’m writing this in case somehow some of my readers have missed out on the story of Malala Yousufzai, the fourteen-year-old girl who is, in real life, the kind of heroine I would like to write about.

I first saw Malala’s video on CNN.com, the day she was shot. I say an interview in which she was saying simple things about the simple rights that teenagers in the U.S.A. take for granted. She blogged about having those same intrinsic rights.

“I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”

But the problem was that she didn’t have those rights. Not in Pakistan in a city under the rule of the Taliban. There, they don’t want girls or women to be educated at all; they don’t even want them to have the freedom the leave their houses.

So they tried to silence this fourteen-year-old girl by assassinating her. She was coming home from school in the battle-scarred valley of Swat, Pakistan, when Taliban thugs burst into the bus she was riding and shot her in the head and neck, wounding two other girls in the process.

They wanted Malala to die and be forgotten. Instead, she is still alive, and was flown from Pakistan to a hospital in Great Britain, which has treated hundreds of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.

According to a Reuter’s article by Ben Hirschler and Alessandra Prentice, "Doctors...believe she has a chance of making a good recovery on every level," said Dr. Dave Rosser, the hospital's medical director, adding that her treatment and rehabilitation could take months.

Moreover, Malala has become a global symbol for the rights of girls to be educated, and for her breath-taking courage and the Taliban’s monstrous, scandalous, and most heinous cowardice.

I know that anyone who cares about my books enough to read this blog will agree with me that Malala Yousufzai is the complete embodiment of what I consider a hero. She was living in a true Dark Dimension, and yet she had the guts to take a stand against blatant sexism and injustice, even knowing what might happen to her.

I hope that all my readers will keep Malala in their prayers and thoughts, and also think a little about the rights they enjoy as citizens of free countries, where their rights to education and mobility are not in question.

By the way, I found this blog very difficult to write because I am trembling with rage at the scurrilous, murderous, craven dogs of the Taliban who would try to kill a child for speaking the truth and who even now say that if she survives they will try to kill her again.

A few links to sites about Malala:

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Jade
+1 # Inspirational girlJade 2012-10-16 03:52
wow.

this story is shocking. I had never heard of this until your blog Lisa, thank you for sharing. Lisa , you are right. Malala is undobtably one of the bravest people i have heard off. she lives in a country where women and girls are oppressed ,but she is strong enough to say what she thinks. That is true bravery. No-one should be oppressed because of their gender, skin colour or age. I hope Malala will make a full recovery , she will be in my prayers tonight and i hope she will continue to inspire girls everywhere.

- Jade x
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Michelle
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINEMichelle 2012-10-16 09:03
Thank you for sharing. It angers me that women are still treated like belongings or second rate citizens. Breaks my heart this young girl as many others have to live this way.
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Ilse
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINEIlse 2012-10-16 09:41
Wow Thank you for spreading the word on this, I had no idea. It's terrible :(
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Maja
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINEMaja 2012-10-16 11:08
I hope she heals completely and I hope that she gets to have a normal life.
I wonder why we take our rights for granted. We live in a world where we can say what we mean. But what about her? And other girls like her? It's a shame how women are treated in some counties- even in the 21st century.
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Stephanie
0 # Truly an InspirationStephanie 2012-10-16 16:46
What a brave girl and what a horrible people that would to that to her. Malala is a brave soul. I pray she makes it through.
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Sandra
0 # Malala a HeroineSandra 2012-10-16 18:26
I am utterly disgusted by what the taliban has done to this wonderful, brave, and strong girl. I literaly have goosebumbs from reading all about Malalas' story. I am such a strong and rebelious woman that I could not imagine having to endure everything that girls and women like Malala have to endure on a daily basis. My Heart and prayers go out to Malala and to all the women in her situation. **SANDRa
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Guest
0 # PakistanGuest 2012-10-20 06:29
I totally know how this girl feels, I'm from Pakistan, but I left 4 years ago because of those problems. I hope she leads a good life,and dies old but healthy
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Aley
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINEAley 2012-10-20 10:07
Im still living in Pakistan and i study,sing and go out but i guess the situation in swat is different.
All my support is with malala
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Sabrina Fusco
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINESabrina Fusco 2012-10-21 14:25
When I heard about this in class I was shocked. It enraged me to hear that the Taliban would do something like this. And it shocked me even more when I found out that it was only a fourteen year old girl. Malala is incredibly courageous seeing as though nobody even twice her age would speak up or do such a thing. This girl has heart and I hope and pray that she will be protected and can someday see the light of freedom that so many people in our country take for granted.
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Rachel
0 # a roll model for girls and women with courageRachel 2012-10-22 22:18
i saw this story on the news and i hope they catch not just the shooter/s but also the ones who ordered this heinous attack on an innocent girl, and they are severely punished. all my best wishes to Malala, all her friends and family for a swift recovery. best wishes to all the girls and women that have the courage and tenacity to stand up for themselves and each other!!!!!!!!!! !
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Guest
+1 # RE: a real life heroineGuest 2012-10-24 06:42
For the record: I presently live in Pakistan, Islamabad and I REALY do enjoy all the freedom and rights that I enjoyed when I used to live in UK (I was born and raised in UK for 20years) My point is PLEASE do NOT stereotype Pakistan as a country that represses woman! Yes the area of Swat (where Malala comes from) is bad but the rest of Pakistan is a different story!
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Guest
+1 # It's a ShameGuest 2012-10-24 09:24
It really is a shame that rulers like the Taliban project such a hideous image of Islam that really isn't true at all. Extremists who will deprive people of their rights and use violence as a weapon make me so afraid that the world will think that this is what Islam truly is.

I will be praying for Malala and I hope that she makes a full recovery. And I pray for the day when the Taliban, Al Qaeda and all the extremist rulers are no longer in power.
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Guest
+1 # MalalaGuest 2012-10-25 08:02
This is a truly inspirational story.
She is so young yet so brave. Thank you for sharing this story Lisa. The world should know of this girls heroism.
What the Taliban is doing is sick and wrong. I am so proud of this wonderful girl. And I hope with all my heart that she makes a full and quick recovery.
And I'm sure everyone of your fans wishes her the absolute best also.
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Morgan
0 # MalalaMorgan 2012-11-03 22:20
She really is inspiring and a true role model for young girls. The Taliban has gotten under control if they are trying to kill a girl for expressing her wants and needs for basic human rights. I can's believe that. Its sickening! Those people need to stop one day and ask themselves what they are doing and if its really worth it. My thoughts go out to Malala. I hope she makes a swift recovery.
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summer welch
-1 # OMG!!!!summer welch 2012-11-06 11:35
icant belive that they shot at her thats so not cool people just because she had stood up for her rights go girls!!!! LOL
:D
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Lauren
0 # MalalaLauren 2012-11-14 16:54
Goodness! My heart goes out to this poor girl! What a strong, couragous, and fine human being! I think I speak for many when I say that she deserves all the recognition in the world, and to make a good recovery.
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Michelle
0 # RE: A REAL-LIFE HEROINEMichelle 2013-02-04 15:33
Malala spoke out today for the first time since the shooting!
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Michelle
0 # Malala has returned to school!Michelle 2013-03-19 11:52
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-21846817
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