I Am Malala

March 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb.  “I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.

I am only half way through Malala’s book but would recommend it to anyone who wants to know her upbringing and background.

She opens Chapter Ten with, “First the Taliban took our music, then our Buddhas, then our history.”  She goes on to tell how the Taliban destroyed Buddhist statues where she and her friends played; statues that had stood for thousands of years and were a part of her history.  She tells of a teacher, Miss Hammeda, whose husband was a policeman and had been killed in the first Taliban attack on the police in her valley; and how soon afterward the Taliban took over many villages.  She adds,  “All this happened and nobody did a thing.  It was as though everyone were in a trance.  My father said people had been seduced…”

Malala’s voice echoes those who over the ages watched their way of life being taken over by men who sought to suppress the rights and freedoms of others.  It echoes Edmund Burke’s who said,  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

But Malala’s book is more than a call for people to reject the seduction of the powerful and stand with the truth, instead of an ideology.  It is a call for the education of the millions of girls around the world who are being denied an education.  It is a call that girls have the opportunity to realize their potential; and that they embrace the power within themselves.

 

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