My New Hero

October 12, 2012 at 11:04 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )


I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Malala Yousufzai or not, but you should probably know about her.  Malala is a young woman in Pakistan who is fighting for her life after standing up to the Taliban for her right to an education.  A Taliban gunman tracked her down on Tuesday and shot her in the head, simply because she believes that girls have as much right to learn as boys and because she was vocal about that opinion.  Here’s the latest on her situation from The Huffington Post:

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who was shot by a Taliban gunman after speaking out for girls’ education is in “satisfactory” condition at a military hospital, a spokesman said Friday, cautioning that the next few days will be critical.

So much strength in such a young woman.

The shooting of Malala Yousufzai on Tuesday as she was coming home from school set off an international outcry.

Maj. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said she is being kept unconscious and on a ventilator, and doctors will decide when to take her off.

“Her blood pressure is normal. Heartbeat is normal, and thanks to God, her condition is satisfactory,” Bajwa said.

Bajwa said the bullet entered her head and went into her neck toward her spine, but it was too soon to say whether she had any significant head injury.

Yousufzai is widely respected for her role in promoting girls’ education in the Swat Valley, where she lives, and the rest of Pakistan. A Taliban gunman shot and wounded her and two other girls Tuesday, sparking widespread condemnation. There has been an outpouring of praise for her bravery from Pakistani and international leaders.

The school she attended in Mingora, owned and operated by her father, reopened Friday. The atmosphere was grim as children and teachers tried to come to terms with what happened to their star pupil.

“We have decided to open the school after two days to overcome the fear among our students that gripped them due to the attack. The number of students is low today. We have not resumed regular teaching activity, but held an assembly to pray for Malala and the other two injured girls,” said one of the teachers, Zafar Ali Khan.

Police had been deployed around the school, but even so, many students stayed away.

“Although we have gathered here for to pray for Malala, this shows we will keep her mission going,” Ayesha Khan, a ninth-grade student. “Many of the students haven’t come due to fear, but I believe this fear will subside ultimately.”

The girl was initially airlifted from the town of Mingora in the Swat Valley to a military hospital in the frontier city of Peshawar, where doctors operated on her to remove a bullet from her neck. On Thursday she was transferred to a hospital in Rawalpindi, where the Pakistani army is headquartered.

In addition to the team of Pakistani military and civilian doctors who have been treating her, two foreign doctors have also been consulted, Bajwa said. He said so far there are no plans to send her abroad for treatment.

So while you go about your weekend, take a moment to give thanks for some of the things you’re able to take for granted that so many are not – like freedom, education and your safety.  I’ll be sending all sorts of good vibes in Malala’s direction and I’m sure she’d appreciate it if you did the same.

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