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H.O.W. in the Mirror of Malala Yousafzai

Updated on April 19, 2014

I guess that by this time, the news of the young peace activist, Malala Yuozafzai (born July 12, 1997 in Pakistan) is spread worldwide. She was injured on October 9, 2012, along with two classmates, after being gunned down in her home region, the northern Pakistani valley of Swat.

The news say that the terrorist affirmed that the attack was a warning to the rest of the girls. The United States described as "barbaric" and "cowardly" the attack to this young activist for civil rights. She was shot in the head while riding in a school bus.

This attack highlights the extremely dangerous climate versus human rights activists in northwest Pakistan where, particularly women, live under constant threat of the Taliban and other militant groups. In 2009 the Pakistani army regained control of the Swat valley after a major offensive to dislodge the Taliban, who, two years before, had taken control. Despite sporadic violence, the government is trying to promote tourism in the region dubbed "the Switzerland of Pakistan" for its mountain scenery, mild summers, and skiing in winter.

Yuosufzai received the National Peace Prize last year for her advocacy of human rights against attacks by Taliban fundamentalists. Malala and her family defied the ban imposed by the insurgents to prevent girls from going to school, and she also decided to find a way to tell what was happening. She risked her life to start a blog, under the pseudonym of Gul Makai to reveal the atrocities committed by the insurgents, which earned her death threats from local fundamentalists. After her true identity was known, Malala was widely reported in international media. Yuosafzai survived the attack, and was taken to a British specialist clinic.

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Shot by the Taliban

Symbol of the struggle

In just 15 years Malala Yuosafzai has become a symbol of the struggle for the rights of women, especially girls, against the aspirations of some Islamic groups. Pakistani authorities ought to demonstrate by their actions, that they are committed in giving women and girls the same opportunities as men and boys.

Malala Yousafzai


The bad of this world

This is a very sad news, and at the same time it is shouting that more and more people are awakening and stepping up for their human rights. In the mirror of this young girl we should look at ourselves and think about how we are confronting the bad of this world.

"Do not let a conquest conquer you or a defeat, defeat you." (Anonymous) or "Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good". (Romans 12:21).

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Voice for the rights

© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      passionate77 thanks! your comment enlightens what Mala went through and it recalls that it was not in vane, though very unnecessary.

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      7 years ago

      yes it was such a horrible incident that shocked us painfully by all means, it was a big tragedy with such a talented young girl due to her high ambitions for struggling her goals for justice, peace, and triumph of truth on the international level, this tragedy happened in northwest pakistan and was condemned globally. thanks for sharing it with the hub community, great work maria dear, many blessings!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      shiningirisheyes and tobusiness thanks very much for your comments. Both of you used two important terms: "courage" and "risk".

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      7 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      A remarkable young woman, as are all the other young people who stood up against tyranny at great risk to their lives. Their bullets will never stop the idea who's time has come. Great article.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      7 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I did read about this brave young girl. She is truly a hero in my eyes as I am not sure I would have had her courage at such a tender age. Thank you for posting this and including her in the H.O.W. movement. I am sharing this hub.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      bravewarrior thanks for your comment. Many thinks do make sense lately. In Matthew 24:12 says: "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold."

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      It makes no sense to me why people are gunned down for trying to make the world a better place!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Eiddwen and Laurinzo Scott thanks for reading and leaving such encouraging message. We have victory and H.O.W. means a lot since it is moving us to spread the "Good News"... we all can do so much for a better world!

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      LJ Scott 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This is such a tragedy... when a young person who struggles for justice and truth is attacked by pure evil. I pray God that more people would be as brave as this young lady and her friends... we have to be; or they win!!!

      Definitely voted up, and I thank Bill for sharing this one!!!

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      7 years ago from Wales

      A heartrending hub but also a great step forward for H.O.W.

      I vote up,across and share all around.


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks Froggy you came into HubPages as you. Blessings!

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      7 years ago

      Another wonderful message and I hope that the Muslim world learns from this. Voted up!!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      billybuc thanks so much and same to you and may God bless you and your family more. It is great that you have your talent working for good.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hopefully we all learn from this tragedy. Thank you for the H.O.W. hub, and Happy New Year to you my friend.


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