Malala Yousafzai is a modern day hero

February 15, 2013 in Best of Both, Bullying, education, Women's Rights by MyBestofBothWorlds

Nobel Peace prize

In my opinion, Malala Yousafzai is a modern day hero.  In the October post Bullying a harsh reality, I described what Malala Yousafzai the young Pakistani girl who was targeted with an assassination attempt by the Taliban in October 2012 had gone through for standing up for girls’ education.  She was shot in the head and neck and was unconscious for a time.  Malala was then airlifted by the generosity of the United Arab Emirates Royal Family to the United Kingdom for advanced medical treatments.  Her physicians were hopeful she would make a full recovery.

So fast forward to February 2013, last Saturday, Malala underwent a five-hour reconstructive surgery on skull to mediate the damage done in October including implantation of a cochlear implant designed to restore hearing on her left side.  Her surgery was performed at  Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England.  AP news reports cite she is recovering as expected.

On the heels of such good news,  she gave her first interview one day post op.  She said she is getting better by the day and that is because of all the prayers people have said for her.  I am glad that she is doing well and feels so inspired to continue her work.  Prayer is so powerful!  The differences we all can make are remarkable.  That’s why this next bit of news delighted me even more.

On 2/4/13,  Malala Yousafzai was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  Parliamentarian, Freddy De Ruiter of the Labor party website stated: “Malala’s name was put forward because of her courageous commitment to the right of girls to education.  A commitment that seemed so threatening to the extremists that they chose to try and kill her.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee is made up of five members designated by the Norwegian parliament. The Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced in early October, will be handed over at a formal ceremony in Oslo on December 10.

I am going to continue to pray for her recovery, strength and well-being.  I look forward to seeing who will win the actual prize in October, but in my book Malala is already a winner!

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