Bullying a harsh reality

October 15, 2012 in Best of Both, Bullying by MyBestofBothWorlds

Bullying takes so many forms and this story is just one of the many horrific stories to come to light of late. Imagine a world where your daughter’s school was going to be closed and she was only in 5th grade.  What would you do as a parent?  Your daughter’s education was to come to halt at the tender age of eleven years old.

Well this very thing happened to Malala Yousufzai at age eleven when in 2009, in Swat Valley, Islamabad where Malala lives.  The school that she attended was closed.    Now at age fourteen, this strong hearted Pakistani student has upset the Taliban by articulating her opinion on the importance of equal rights for girls’ education.

Last Tuesday, the Taliban they sent two men to assassinate her.  They got on her school bus, identified her and began shooting her as well as two classmates.  Malala was shot in both the head and the neck and now lies unconscious on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of an army hospital. Malala threatened the antiquated thinking of the Taliban, so these would be murders came after her.  They had no regard for her human rights, they just wanted to silence the voice that so many were hearing.  Unfortunately, bullying is a harsh reality in our world.

This horrific attack occurred because a fourteen year old girl refused to back down.  She would not be bullied .  What a heroic symbol of courage and fortitude she provides not only for school girls in Pakistan, but for the rest of the world.  She continued to pursue her ideals and dreams of equal rights by promoting her thoughts and vision in public in the face of threats for the Taliban.  While her advocacy and sentiments for equal rights brought her national recognition it also unfortunately incensed those Islamic extremists into  action.  She is an incredibly brave individual.  I admire her. I am praying for her recovery and health.

While there may be many things to argue about or to improve upon here in the United States, I for one am truly grateful that I live in the land of the free.

10/17/12 FOOTNOTE: On 10/15/12, Malala was airlifted by the generosity of the United Arab Emirates Royal Family to the United Kingdom for advanced medical treatments .  Her physicians are hopeful she will make a full recovery.