Girl, 14, Shot By Taliban For Standing Up For Education

Wed, October 10, 2012 11:22am EST by 4 Comments
Malala Yousafzai shot Taliban

A Pakistani girl was shot in the head and seriously wounded on Oct. 9 by the Taliban as she was leaving school. The 14-year-old activist is well-known for her efforts to promote the schooling of young girls in the Middle East, and the Taliban promises to target her again if she survives.

Malala Yousafzai, a well-known equality activist in Swat, Pakistan, was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus filled with fellow classmates on Oct. 9. The 14-year-old girl was targeted because of her efforts to promote education for girls.

Malala was sitting on the bus ready to leave school when an armed man with a beard charged the school bus and asked which girl was Malala. When a nearby girl pointed her out, the gunman opened fire on both Malala and another girls on the bus.

The activist, Pakistani National Youth Peace Prize suffered injuries to her head and neck, but surgeons successfully removed the bullets on Oct. 9, although she remains unconscious. The other girl is in stable condition.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have taken responsibility for the shootings, and a spokesman told a Pakastani newspaper she was targeted because she is a “secular-minded lady” and this incident should be a warning for other young people like her.

They’ve also promised to come after her again if she survives for her “pro-West” beliefs, and for idolizing Barack Obama.

“In attacking Malala, the terrorists have failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope who vindicates the great sacrifices that the people of Swat and the nation gave, for wresting the valley from the scourge of terrorism,” Pakistan’s top military officer General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said in response the attacks.

Malala is well-respected in Swat Valley for her political efforts, and even won the Pakistani National Youth Peace Prize in 2011. Swat Valley schools closed on Oct. 9 in protest of the attacks, and military officers stood guard at Malala’s home to protect her family from the Taliban.

What a courageous young woman. We applaud Malala for standing up for her beliefs, and we are keeping her and her family in our thoughts.

What do YOU think of the attack on Malala HollyMoms?

– Christina Stiehl

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Posted at 11:31 PM on October 10, 2012  

One day there will be a revolution and people will stand up and fight this group and one day they too will fall, just like every other extremist group.
I hope the girl survives and is not attacked again… But that is not likely

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Posted at 2:47 PM on October 10, 2012  

So you guys want the young women to take a stand so that they all can get killed. You know they have no respect for women in that country. They walk behind men, carry the load, get stoned with rocks if they just look like they might be doing something wrong and the men have the right to kill them for just simple reasons. When all the men are dead in that country then the women have a chance. Even when they come to this country, they still have no rights because their husbands won’t let them. Just look at what they are wearing here. They have to. They are in free American and they still can’t do what they want to. Check out the dad who killed his daughter here in this country because his daughter wanted to westernize herself and go out with an American. Her dad got away with it because of religious beliefs and some other technical bull chit. The women can’t stand up for anything over there, not even their own children.

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Posted at 11:43 PM on October 10, 2012  

If no one ever stood up against the unjust and cruel then we still would have slaves, women still couldn’t vote, multi-racial couples couldn’t marry and you couldn’t have freedom of and from religion.
I think it is an insult to this girl to say she and other women shouldn’t stand up. That is like telling a slave just to take the whip because being killed is worse.
I know I am taking the easy way by comparing it to slavery but I chose that comparison because it is something people can understand more and they know more about.

History shows us that when there is such a travasty, the only way to change things is to stand up.

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Posted at 1:08 PM on October 10, 2012  

I don’t think its a gud idea to stand against the taliban coz i don’t want the innocent to suffer or die but wish my heartiest compliment to a brave young girl malala. Hope she gets well soon!

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