Ideas are bulletproof: Malala, one year on...

On October 9, 2012, the ideology of hate attacked Pakistan - but Malala persevered.


Web Desk October 09, 2013
Malala Yousufzai. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: On October 9, 2012, the ideology of hate attacked Pakistan, in the form of an assassination attempt on a 14-year-old girl.

In a harrowing incident that shocked the nation, three armed men intercepted a van carrying schoolgirls, identified their target and then shot her, point blank.

Their target: iconic child activist and blogger Malala Yousafzai.

A year on, Malala - Nobel Peace Prize nominee - is now living in the UK where she was flown after the incident for treatment.

Below are few excerpts from articles by people who met Malala in person - before and after the shooting incident.

Mishal Husain writes for BBC:
Malala is an extraordinary young woman, wise beyond her years, sensible, sensitive and focused. She has experienced the worst of humanity, and the best of humanity - both from the medics who cared for her and the messages from many thousands of well-wishers.

Kamila Shamsie writes for The Guardian:
Malala is so entirely sparkling and alive, with no sign of the Taliban or education or responsibilities intruding on her memories of playing cricket on the rooftop of her house with the mountains as backdrop, that I wish I could take her to Lord's instead of plying her with questions.

Adam B Ellick narrates for the New York Times:
The Malala I know transformed with age from an obedient, rather shy 11-year-old into a publicly fearless teenager consumed with taking her activism to new heights.

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COMMENTS (43)

George Everette | 7 years ago | Reply

Neda Soltan's Stone

Bullet scared Your stone bears your purity Your stone bears their hate And I have been accused of idolatry Praying at your martyr's grave.

Basiji's Bullet Piercing so many hearts Tearing through your flesh Striping away the veil Your soul's innocents.

The bullet Opened the wounds of my corruption Now my soul bears the acid of their hate So, I kneel at your martyr's grave Gasping at your beauty Here is Karbala.

genesis | 7 years ago | Reply

Nope,Ideas attract bullets and that is why she got it in her head.Some do not like ideas and do not want you to think.they do all the thinking for you and yours is to follow.this is true of some religions as well!

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