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Malala Yousufzai and Anne Frank. Two young girls so different, so alike

Updated on October 15, 2012
Malala Yousufzai
Malala Yousufzai
Anne Frank
Anne Frank

Following the news of Malala Yousufza, I can't but help to think of Anne Frank. The contrasts and similarities are breath taking between the two girls . Each girl comes from religions that are to be be polite, are at odds with each other. Both girls are approximately the same age and both kept diaries while in hiding.

Anne Frank hid in an attic in Amsterdam hiding from Germans during WW II. Malala Yousufzai was writing a diary under an alias because she feared for her life if her identity was ever found out.

Malala Yousufzai is a young champion for girls like herself to have an education and the right to go to school. Because of her writing she was shot in the head in front of her classmates by the Taliban. At this time she is in serious condition.

Though she is a Muslim, the Taliban deemed her unworthy to live because of her beliefs and her “Western” way of thinking. This was not a girl that dressed in a Western style. She dressed in a modest way with long robes and her head was covered by a scarf.

Anne Frank was eventually killed because of her religion, being a Jew. Her diary told a tale of a young girl whose life was torn away and spent the last few years of her life hiding in an upstairs attic.

She longed to be able to resume her life as it once was and walk the streets feeling the sun once again,and to be able to go back to school amongst her friends again.

In her diary one can read her most famous quote. Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart. Other quotes from Anne can be found here.

The Taliban shot Malala Yousufzai because of her beliefs, and in a way, because of her religion too. The Taliban doesn’t consider her Muslim teachings as the true Islamic religion. Because of this, in their warped logic, they tell us that Islam gives them the right to shoot her.

Anne Frank and her family were also killed but by different type of radicals, the Nazis. Nazis and radical Islamic groups have one thing in common, hate of Jews and those that would disagree with their organizations.

Anne Frank, dead for so many years, still resonates with people in a way that crosses all religions and cultures. Anne Frank is relevant now and will be for the next five hundred years.

The shooting of Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan has created crowds of vocal protesters in Pakistan and abroad. The prognoses for Malala is uncertain but unlike Anne Frank, there is a chance she will live and be able to carry on her cause.

Anne Frank lives on through her writings that detail her eternal optimism and courage. Malala Yousufzai already has began a legacy and with luck, will be able to expound on that legacy.

I wonder what these two girls from very different backgrounds would think of each other? I would like to think they would become great friends and join forces in a united way.

Maybe they could make people take notice of a world where men shoot young girls in the head and throw acid in their faces while their tormentors claim Islam gives them the right to do this.

Or instead maybe they could point out to the world, that at one time, we sent young children to gas chambers because of their religion.

One is a Muslim and one was a Jew. Maybe they have more in common then not.


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    • redwhiskeypete profile image

      redwhiskeypete 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, two women young women abused because what they believed in and not hurting anyone. This is what we our fighting against . We live in a Iphone, video culture that gives Americans self gratification NOW. They don't understand that we have peope that want to Implement sharia law world wide. Can they? Probably not but people are being killed in their quest to do so.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Two wonderful, young women, one slain, one wounded by vile, evil men because of their religious beliefs. What a shame.