Do Not Forget Malala

Posted on November 10, 2012


When Malala Yousafzai started her diary about life under the Taliban regime in Pakistan, she was just 11 and she portrayed a terrible world to live in.

By reading chunks of her diary, I cannot help but being considerably moved. Living in Swat, a tormented valley, theatre of fights between the Pakistani army and Talibans, Malala Yousafzai found the courage to speak loud and therefore she is, to me, a hero, a great example of bravery, integrity, morality. She reminded us that some realities are not bound to end, we cannot just watch without acting, we must intervene and, most of all, we must raise awareness.

In the pages she wrote I can easily perceive the terror of a young girl whose childhood has been negated by violence, stupidity, senseless dictatorships and she, like anybody else ,would like to have a normal life, normal problems to worry about. But her life, instead, is always threatened by Talibans.

” I have come to Bunair to spend Muharram […] My Swat is also very beautiful but there is no peace. But in Bunair there is peace and tranquillity. Neither is there any firing nor any fear. We all are very happy”.
The world Malala lives in is unacceptable, unmoral, shameful: “I was afraid going to school because the Taleban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools”.
It’s when I read such stories that my will to write, to report, to inform, to spread knowledge and maybe a little sense of decency, literally explodes within me; it’s when I witness to injustices that I suddenly awake and I rebel to such misery human beings constantly create.
The list, unfortunately, is endless: everywhere you read, you will be always informed about people suffering.
When is this going to end?
When will we learn how to live together, how to accept each other’s differences, views, beliefs, how to be great enough to accept these dissimilarities even though they are dissonant from ours?
Malala is the inner example of life that is negated, the story she told us is a desperate scream we must have listened to.
But we did not listen in 2009 and two years later Talibans shot her. Luckily, they did not manage to kill her.
“First we thought it was a joke, when he [the gunman] entered the bus and asked ‘where’s Malala, who is Malala?’ – but anyone can recognise her because we used to cover our faces but she never did […] The moment she said ‘I’m Malala’ he opened fire and with one bullet she was down” a friend of Malala, Kainat Riaz, said to BBC.

A young girl is shot in her head for having written a diary- that caught international attention-where she reported a tremendous situation and her wish to be able to study in a country where women, ( still?!?) are negated education.
It is unacceptable.
Malala’s attempted homicide could have been, for the Pakistani government, the right moment to change a situation that is lasting for too long.
However, nothing changed.
Until today, when a BBC article glowed my hopes again: UK and World Banking will financially support Pakistani families ( $2 per month per child) who send their children ( girls included ) to school.

Is this a slow but efficient step forward?

Maybe the sufferings of Malala ( who is recovering in a hospital in UK) will not be vain and her courage will be finally paid off.

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