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Malala - 14 Year Old Girl Shot By Taliban

Updated on May 8, 2015



No one needs to tell us we are living in a terrible world where terrible things happen. We always like to think the children are safe, but we know sadly, even this is not true. Recent headlines tell us of a 14 year old Pakistani girl who was deliberately targeted and shot by the Taliban.

Islamic terrorist groups recruit children as suicide bombers, use them as human shields, and murder children that don't conform to their standards (wearing western-style haircuts for example). This is not what the civilized world is used to seeing especially when it comes to children. Islamic terrorist groups are using children and as we have now seen, they do not want children, especially girls, to become educated. This is a human rights issue no matter where or why it has occurred. These terrorist groups have been indoctrinating children for more than ten years throughout the Middle East. Yet the world does not interfere for fear of upsetting the Islamic terrorists and Taliban.

Malala Yousufzai, who lived in a town in the Northwest of Pakistan was deliberately shot in the head and neck for speaking out against the Taliban and promoting education for young girls.

Malala Yousufzai

Malala is a normal 14 year old girl living in the Swat Valley with her family. A ninth grader who has been promoting education for girls in Pakistan. It has been said she started a blog when she was only 11 years old (under a pseudonym) telling about life under Taliban rule. One of her blog entries tells about when she wore a pink dress to school she was told not to wear it again because the Taliban would not like it.

Last year she was awarded Pakistan's first Youth Peace Award from Pakistan's Prime Minister. Malala's father ran a school for girls but it was shut down by the Taliban last year.

"We were being threatened. A couple of times, letters were thrown in our house, that Malala should stop doing what she is doing or the outcome will be very bad," her father, sounding drained and despondent, said by telephone.

"She is candle of peace that they have tried to blow out," said one Pakistani man, Abdul Majid Mehsud, 45, from the violence plagued South Waziristan region. (Both quotes from, October 10, 2012)

Malala felt safe because she believed she was doing good. One of her classmates said Malala wanted to build schools for young girls. Did I say she was a normal child? She may have been normal but she was also extraordinary!

Adam B. Ellick did a two part documentary on Malala back in 2009. As a result he became friends with Malala and her father. Adam said, "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." He describes Malala's father as a "poet, a school owner and an unflinching educational activist."

But the more I read about this young girl and looked at her photographs and videos, the more I was taken by her warm smile, inner charm and outer beauty. She is a girl we would all be proud to call daughter or granddaughter. A very young girl standing up for her convictions under incredible pressure, pressure that included fear for her life and her family.

Amazing Malala

Vigils for the injured Malala

Vigils and support for Malala in Pakistan.
Vigils and support for Malala in Pakistan. | Source

Malala Attack

Taliban boarded her school bus to shoot her. She had just gotten on the bus when a bearded man got on the bus...he shot Malala and two other girls on the bus. Malala was hit in the head and neck. It is said the bullet to her skull passed through her skull without hitting her brain. The bullet in her neck was removed by Pakistani doctors. All three girls are expected to survive according to early reports.

This was an assassination attempt....there is no other word for it. The Taliban boasts about the attempt on this 14 year old girl. What is to stop them from shooting other children who do not do exactly as they say? The Taliban have taken full credit for the attack and have even claimed if she lives they will shoot her again and have even warned they will shoot her father. And we stand by and wait?

The Pakistani Taliban issued a letter justifying their shooting of Malala. they say it is their duty to shoot anyone who leads a campaign against Islam and Shariah. The letter also accuses Malala of being "pro-West"..the letter then cites passages in the Koran where a child or woman was killed. The letter ends with; "If anyone thinks that Malala is targeted because of education, that's absolutely wrong and is propaganda by media. Malala is targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching secularism and so-called enlightened moderation. And whom so ever will commit so in the future too will be targeted again by the TTP."

Pakistani police, however, do not agree with the Taliban and have arrested a number of suspects.

In the meantime, Malala has been moved to the UK where doctors say she is making a good recovery. They do agree though her recovery could take months. Doctors also said she will receive specialized care. Malala will be treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in central England. This hospital is well known for its treatment of soldiers returning from Afghanistan.

What effect will all of this have on the Taliban and Pakistan? Will people finally realize enough is enough. Will Malala's bravery be a light to all children in every country? As we pray for Malala's recovery let us also pray that her sacrifices make a change in the world.

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Update 10/18/2012

Attendance is down at the school run by Malala's father. It seems the girls and their families are afraid after Malala's attack. The principal of the school has confirmed there have been threats against the school.

One of the other girls shot when Malala was shot is 16 year old Kainat. From her hospital bed she said she wants to tell all girls to continue their education. "God willing, I will continue my education," she said. "I want to tell you that when I think about what happened, it's still in my head and sometimes it's terrifying," she said. The attackers shot a third girl, who also survived. (from CNN;

Queen Elizabeth Hospital has posted on their website that Malala continues to remain stable and her family is still with her. (

Malala in the Hospital - sitting up

Malala and her father.
Malala and her father. | Source

Update 11/15/2012

On November 13, Congresswoman Jackson Lee officially recognized Malala's bravery in a session of the House of Representatives and requested she be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for her bravery. Pakistan intends to open schools for poor children and call them Malala schools in her honor. November 10 was marked and celebrated as "Malala Day" by the United Nations. Lahore College awarded 15 scholarships to women, named Malala Scholarships. Thousands have signed a petition to award Malala the Nobel Peace Prize....the list goes on and on. Yes, she has made a difference.

Malala has been making excellent progress, attributed to her age by doctors. They also said her complete recovery will take some time. Pictures have been released of Malala sitting up in bed reading, or talking with her father. Statements issued say she is able to walk, talk and read.

Further surgery will be needed to repair the part of her skull that was 'fractured' by the bullet.

Update April 29, 2013

Malala has her own blog which I recently visited to obtain updated information. Malala began attending school in Birmingham in the UK on March 20, 2013. She is also in the process of writing a book about her life. She wants to continue to work for the children of the world. It is said there she will be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

On April 5 Malala announced an educational grant was being set up in her name. The grant will be used for education for children in Swat, Pakistan, where Malala grew up.

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Update October 8, 2013 - One Year Later

While this will be my last update to this hub it will certainly not be the last you hear about Malala. One year after the attempt on her life Malala is flourishing. After three months in the hospital and multiple surgeries Malala's full recovery has only cemented her resolve. She attends an all girls school in England and lives with her family in Birmingham.

ABC calls her shooting "the shot heard round the world".

On her sixteenth birthday in July she delivered an address to the United Nations, asking the world to provide education to all children around the globe. She received a standing ovation!

I leave you with two quotes by this amazing young woman;

"It feels like this life is not my life. It's a second life. People have prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason - to use my life for helping people."

"They thought the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And then, out of the silence, came thousands of voices."

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I raise up my voice - not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.

— Malala Yousafzai

Update February 25, 2015

In October 2014, Malala became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala won Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, before she was shot, but the prize has since been renamed in her honor; it’s now the National Malala Peace Prize. She was shortlisted for TIME’s Person of the Year in 2012, and was one of the TIME 100 in 2013. She won a Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice in 2012 and the 2013 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for international human rights work on behalf of women’s equality. (from


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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Faith, this amazing young woman is an inspiration to all of us and I would be honored to have you add a link to your hub celebrating women. Blessings to you.

      Patricia, we can't know enough about this amazing young woman. Her courage is mind boggling. Thanks for the votes and generous shares. Hugs and peace.

      Peachpurple, am glad I could introduce you to her.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      so sorry to hear about the shooting, wish justice is done

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thank you for sharing this story about this remarkable person who is making a difference. I read of her and have followed the story of a young woman who is choosing to fight for what she knows is right despite the risk. What an example for other young people.

      Voted up++++ shared g+ tweeted

      Angels are on the way to you and to her and to those who continue to be the object of derision and violence. ps

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA


      I remember reading this wonderful hub here about this amazing young woman!

      I would love to link it to my celebrating women hub.

      Thank you for the reminder of your brilliant write on Malala.

      God bless Malala and YOU too.

      This one needs another round of sharing everywhere.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      How very true Kathleen, we live in our own little bubble hearing the news but oblivious just the same.

      Very well put Goforthejuggler and of course our hope is that is what happens.

      Suhail I think I would have to vote this one of the best comments I have ever received. It is so comprehensive and full of so much information that I would say most Americans are unaware of. Just as the TTP acts without the knowledge of the Pakistani people there are many times the American government acts without the knowledge of the American people. I can say that most Americans want world peace. We want Pakistan to be a place to live and flourish without fear. A place where girls like Arfa can not only flourish but be recognized for their innate abilities and a place where girls like Malala can go to school peacefully and without fear, day after day. You must have many tales to tell! Again, thank you Suhail for this wonderful comment.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      5 years ago from Mississauga, ON


      Thank you for writing such a beautiful article as this one. Both Malala and Talibans come from the region of Pakistan I grew up and lived in till 1980.

      Recently, there have been two Pakistani girls who have made great impression on world and on Pakistanis. The other being Arfa Karim ( 2 February 1995 – 14 January 2012), who was a Pakistani student and computer prodigy who in 2004 at the age of nine years became the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). She kept the title until 2008. Arfa represented Pakistan on various international forums including the TechEd Developers Conference.

      While Arfa was a face of Pakistani girls striving to achieve success beyond imagination, Malala is a face of Pakistani girls striving to get education despite all odds.

      I voted 'People will begin to rebel against Taliban actions in Pakistan.' They are already doing that.

      Just to let readers know, these Talibans are different from the Talibans of Afghanistan who are fighting a war against US "occupation forces". These Talibans are called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP for short). TTP is fighting Pakistani military, establishment and common people on the allegations that they are American allies on its War on Terror.

      However, point to note is that TTP have always attacked Pakistani military and innocent people and has not made a single attack on any American interest in Pakistan despite their war being against Americans. Americans also have made drone attacks on Afghan Talibans, but not a single drone attack on TTP. The only drone attacks on TTP have been on its leaders who declared peace negotiations with Pakistanis. So in essence, Americans took out those TTP leaders who were pro-peace.

      When Pakistani politicians declared that there is too much loss of lives and we should have peace dialogues with TTP, there was a spate of bombings throughout the region where Malala (and I) comes from as if someone didn't want Pakistan to have peace.

      TTP has never attacked any single American interest in Pakistan, but have attacked soft targets like churches, mosques, tombs, and schools at critical timesfor example, when Pakistani PM was in the UN to ask for stopping drone attacks inside Pakistan and telling the world that we want dialogues with TTP just like Brits had dialogues with IRA. I think it is to pressurize Pakistanis into continuing the war against TTP to no end.

      Because of the above reasons many Pakistanis believe that there is some kind of collusion between American establishment and the TTP, even calling TTP as another name of Blackwater / Xe operatives.


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      Joshua Patrick 

      5 years ago from Texas

      God bless this girl, and everyone who is involved in her life. The world needs more people like her. To quote Aaron Sorkin and The West Wing, "Terrorism has a 100 percent failure rate." They may succeed in spreading fear from time to time, but ultimately these sub-human villains will lose and the world will move on without them. Voted up and across!

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Most of us Americans have no idea how the rest of the world lives. Our freedoms! How do we take them so for granted? God Bless this young girl and all those like her - and protect them.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thank you ComfortB. I don't usually share my own hubs but thought since this was the anniversary of her shooting it deserved to be looked at again. This young girl is certainly an inspiration to all of us. I appreciate your reading and voting.

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      Comfort Babatola 

      5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I saw her for the second time when she gave her speech at the UN. I couldn't hold back my tears as I watched her that day. Malala is really an inspiration.

      We need not keep silence just because the evil ones want us to. We've been given a voice, and calling, a purpose, and not even a gun to the head should keep us from fulfilling that purpose.

      Thanks for a great hub. Voted up and beautiful!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      So true cheetah and Misskanval, unfortunately sometimes terrorists hide behind religion as an excuse for their actions, which we know of course is untrue.

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      6 years ago

      a terrorist should NOT* be labeled as islamic, chiristian terrorist etc,

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      6 years ago

      Dear tillsontitaan,

      i like your topic highlighting the coward actions of terrorists, i should correct you that terrorist has no religion, a terrorist should be labeled as islamic, chiristian terrorist etc,

      story of taliban and crusades are almost same and these were both terrorist and both of these groups have no religion at all.

      Voted up!



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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Very well said Au fait....ignorant, misguided people, they are the burden we bear in life and they are the ones that cause tragedies for others.

      Malala began attending school in England on March 20, 2013.

      Thanks for the wonderful votes!

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      So often we take the many freedoms and advantages we have in this country for granted.

      Malala and her friends are certainly heros and I hope her desire to make education available to more girls/women in Pakistan is realized.

      It seems there are crazies/zealots in every religion. Here they bomb abortion clinics and kill abortion doctors, and anyone unfortunate enough to be in the clinic when they strike. In Pakistan they kill anyone who disagrees with their provincial ideas and beliefs.

      It is unfortunate that so many people blame religion and God for what some people do with the free will God gave them, because it is the ignorant misguided people themselves that are at fault, and no one else.

      Both a wonderful story and a horrible story all in one. Horrible that such a terrible thing could happen to little girls, and wonderful because in spite of it all, Malala's and her friend's spirits are not broken and they have not given up.

      Voted up, interesting, and awesome!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Many of join in your belief Levertis by praying for change to come to Pakistan....maybe Malala will be that change one day.

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      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      What manhood! Three little kids at once! Such bravery! How the little boys must be learning how they, as men, can one day be strong enough to take down three little girls at once! These men have earned their "metals"--bars of steel!

      I believe in miracles and know that change can come in Pakistan.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know what you mean Charlynjune, we are so lucky here and yet...thanks for commenting.

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      Charlyn June 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! That was inspiring.. I really can't imagine their lives out there.. full of fear and doubt.. Prayers for a peaceful earth..

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You are so right femme...that's how I felt, that these girls are beyond inspiring. Please God, this young lady will continue to be an inspiration!

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      6 years ago


      Such an ugly and vicious happening, and you've still brought something beautiful from it.

      These girls ... they deserve this article, and everything else they can get to happen that might make for a positive change in their lives. They are beyond inspiring, and thank you for helping to increase awareness in what they've been fighting for and deserve to win.


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      It is especially difficult for us in America, Brett, to believe there is such extremes in existence. We still have bigots and sexists, but they are in the minority (thank God). Thanks for voting and sharing!

      sgbrown, I think most people feel the way you do and hope this young lady does become a great leader one day! Thanks for the votes and shares.

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This is so very sad. She is such a brave little girl, who has lost her childhood due to the Taliban. I am glad she is safe and that the other two little girls are going to be ok as well. She is wise beyond her years and I hope remains safe and some day becomes a great leader in her country. Voting this up, awesome and socially sharing!

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      Brett C 

      6 years ago from Asia

      What a tragic story about an amazing young lady! So sad that places are like that, but then to be honest, most of the world has major problems with racism and sexism, often without an concern for it ... kinda sad.

      Shared, up, interesting, pinned and tweeted.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Such a sad part of our world Moonlake.

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      6 years ago from America

      This was so awful. She will never be the same. There is no way Pakistan will ever change. Great hub voted up.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Thank you for reading Ralph. You are so correct in your assessment!

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      Ralph Deeds 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      The word civilization doesn't apply to the perpetrators of this barbaric act any more than it did to the cannibals of New Zealand and Melanesia.

      Nice Hub, BTW.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      While you are probably right Angela, we can hope the outrage of the Pakistani people will have an impact.

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      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Great hub, I learned about this story recently and I am horrified. I do not think this story is going to bring about any real changes in Pakistan. A bigger movement needs to happen to change the customs and ways of people.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hopefully she will be safe in Englad xstatic. She is definitely wise beyong her years.

      iguidenetwork, you have definitely hit the nail on the head. A true bunch of cowards...when can only pray she lives to continue her leadership!

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      6 years ago from Austin, TX

      While Malala is being hailed as the heroine, she's also a victim of violence. Good thing she recovers, I just hope she would not be impaired and get back to normal as she has been.

      These Talibans are cowards... They're not afraid of Americans or tanks but of this 14-year-old schoolgirl who advocates education for girls and women. As they say, a little education is a dangerous thing indeed, most especially in Pakistan. The Taliban say they will try to kill Malala again if she survives, and reading that horrifies me. I'm glad she's in a safe place now.

      She's wise beyond her years... She will certainly make a good leader someday when fate permits. :)

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Mary, this is so sad. I am glad they have moved her to England, and I hope she is able to recover and stay there, hopfully out of harm's way. I heard her speaking to reporters and she is so bright and articulate.

      Thanks for spreading the word about this precious child.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Arshad "There are none so blind as those who will not see"...not seeing the evils in the world is definitely part of our problem and Pakistan's.

      Denise, it is such a sad story we can only pray it has a happy ending.

      Tim, I am glad I can try to keep you current. This young woman has courage and wisdom way beyond her years!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you so much Mary. I rarely see TV any more and when I do I see the local broadcast portion. I am ignorant of much of the world. Most I know is from reading here at Hubpages. I do not know how to react to the content of this article other than prayer.

      I am in awe and joy of this young 'woman.' whom is still a child. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm impressed with the level of courage that this young girl has. She has a dream that drives her and her voice to the world is a threat to the old ways. I pray for her recovery and I am just amazed at her bravery. I hope that all of her actions have not been in vain!

      Thanks for this hub. It is well written and thought provoking. I also liked the inclusion of the videos. Rated UP/U/A/I for interesting and IMPORTANT ! Am sharing.

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      6 years ago

      tillsontitan-- now imagine these 30,000 ghosts schools having politically appointed teachers as well, who get salaries at their homes for the hard work of not teaching. Then these ghost schools are also maintained through the national exchequer for the so called wear and tear.

      "It is easy to fool the uneducated ones-- may be this is the reason."

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I read your article Arshad and it makes my heart ache. Something needs to be done and we can only pray, as I've said before, that Malala has made a difference. "30,000" is an inconceivable number for schools that DO NOT exist! How terrible.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      We will add that to our prayers Arshad.

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      6 years ago

      Pakistan needs so many Malalas to open up the 30,000 ghost schools as well.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      b. Malin this should not be happening anywhere in the world TODAY!!

      Michelle, all we can do is pray for her recovery.

      Genna I, too, was moved by her courage and think it is about time the entire world does something about the Taliban!

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      No one deserves a fate this young girl was forced into. Such a courageous and giving heart! My thoughts and prayers are with her. That such extremists like the Taliban could do such a thing is horrific. Thank you for this thoughtful and moving hub about Malala, Till.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Sad and tragic, and God bless her too. It's a horrible thing to happen to anyone eat the prime of their youth. Thanks for sharing this.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Hi Tillsontitan,

      This was such a Horrible story, almost unbelievable...but I hear she is going to make it. and All this happened to her because she wanted Education for Girls in Pakistan. God Bless this Child.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      The doctors at Queen Elizabeth hospital are reserved but they're saying she should recover well. I'm sure all of our prayers will be heard Eddy!

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A story of such bravery from a girl so young. She is in my thoughts and prayers as I pray she will make a full recovery. Lots of cyber hugs and love to a young lady I have so much respect for. you covered this brilliantly .

      Well done and enjoy your day.

      I save and vote up.


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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Effer I so share your feelings. It is so inconceivable that this can happen to such a beautiful 14 year old girl...any girl, but especially one with such courage and such a bright future! I am heartbroken and hopeful at the same time. I truly pray this will bring about some change for her and her people.

      Janine I only wish I could've done a better job for this lovely young lady.

      Thank you Irc.

      Dghbrh, she has more courage than anyone I've ever known. Thank you for the votes and share.

      Crystaleyes, we can only hope and pray. Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Earth

      Very Sad indeed.. But the 14 year old child's courage and good deed's shouldn't go a waste.. This incident definitely should improve female education in Pakistan.. Hope it does. Very thoughtful hub.. thanks..

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      6 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      14 year and the courage more then the whole community .....God be with her and hope she recovers fast and full......Thanks for sharing this one. A very thoughtful hub indeed. All my votes up excluding the funny part and I am sharing it too.

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a sad and tragic story. Simply heartbreaking. Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Beautiful young girl who definitely did not deserve this one bit. God bless her and do hope she does make a full recovery. Thank you for taking the time to write about Malala and share her story with us. Have of course voted and shared too!!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Til....Read every meaningful word of your hub...twice, and then viewed the video with my heart in my throat. I am crushed for these sweet, peaceful people, who want nothing more than peace, family and education. But must live in constant fear of attack and death due to the barbarian Taliban, who rule by bloodshed.

      Is it because we are Americans, that I cannot conceive of this being allowed to occur and continue? Is it because we are not oppressed that I'm unable to wrap my brain around the submissiveness these Pakistanis must accept?

      This hub has shaken me to my core.....Malala is an incredible and brilliant young child with more courage than an entire army....My heart is with her as she recovers and with her family.......

      A simply superb story, Til. Thank you for bringing it to us.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I agree Faith Reaper that all we can do is pray and have faith in what God chooses for us. I do feel for this young girl, it just breaks my heart. Thank you for the blessing...May He always watch over you.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, they are hiding no doubt, just as you have stated. It is all so very surreal that someone could harm a child as lovely as a person as this young girl, only 14, with her whole life ahead of her. It makes no sense, and it never will make any sense. I can offer no answers, except the only thing I know to do is pray for her full recovery and for all of them, for we know one day every eye will see and every knee will bow when our Lord returns. My husband was in the Air Force back in the day, and he saw things that he cannot even speak of to this date about over there, so very disturbing. It still haunts him to this day.

      God bless you dear one. Your heart is so full of love for others suffering. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      I know Bill, it is incomprehensible to me that anyone, Taliban or otherwise, could deliberately target a 14 year old! The sad thing is I think the Taliban is hiding behind the Koran.

      Definitely Sunshine!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Malala. She stood her ground and didn't back down. I'm glad she is doing well and is safe. I hope she continues on with her mission to make change and kicks the Taliban to the curb!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I voted that it may bring about change...perhaps I should say, with reservation, that I pray it brings about change.

      14 years old! Quite a threat! Amazing that a 14 year old girl has more courage than most of her country.

      I was at a loss for words when I first heard about this; I am still at a loss for words. I cannot wrap my brain around this kind of barbarism. I try to be understanding of different cultures, but I'm having a real hard time with this incident.

      Thank you for speaking out about this. Heaven help us all!


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