Saturday, 20 October 2012

The Courage and Preciousness of Malala Yousafzai


Malala Yousafzai

This is the face of courage, bearing witness against a brutal world

Malala Yousafzai is slowly recovering.

This also the face of hope - for Muslim girls and women.

She is not out of danger. Medically she has a long journey ahead.

Her enemies remain incensed by their own lethal hatreds.

She was shot because she wanted to go to school.

If ever there was a time to uphold the value and human significance of education in our own culture, and across the world

If ever there was a person who embodies the human passion for learning

If ever there was a personality and character more worthy of our admiration than any amount of "celebrity personalities"

If ever there was reason to hope for a better human future for children across the world

If ever there was a time to contradict and subvert prejudice and religious hatred

If ever there was a demonstration of how one person's actions can make a difference for others,

Then Malala Yusafzai is such a person, and the time is now.


If ever there was a young woman entitled to immediate nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize

it is this young teenager

whose blog was answered by bullets,

whose love of learning is threatened by lethal force,

whose young life has been spent in an environment of fear, repression, violence and religiously fuelled hatred,

and who only wants to go to school, in peace, to learn.

May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, protect and bless her.

[**this is NOT my post- I have reblogged it from Living Wittily, the brilliant blog of Jim Gordon – read more of his great writing here. Thank you Jim for putting these feelings into words for us]


  1. It truly makes you question what goes on in other peoples minds? The poor girl has so suffered all because of ignorance and hatred.

    I pray for her speedy recovery in both health and spirt.

    X x

  2. ..and thank you for reblogging, Angela. I have also left a comment at Jim's too.

  3. All our hearts go out to this brave young girl. She is just a child... a little girl... her dear parents... many prayers for her and her whole family.

  4. My heart goes out to her, along with prayers for her and her parents. She has suffered so much because of the ignorance and hatred of others. So sad...


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