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Girl Stands Up to Taliban 

December 11, 2014 -- Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai received her Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, delivering an impassioned speech on behalf of the "forgotten children" who crave the right to education and deserve peace.

-- Los Angeles Times

A Profile in Courage

John F. Kennedy wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning book in 1955 called Profiles in Courage. On November 22, 1963 he was shot while serving as President, a day many of us still remember. If he were alive today to update of his book, he might well include Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old girl who defied the Taliban in Pakistan, and was shot for her courage.

President John F. Kennedy shot in Dallas

President John F. Kennedy shot in Dallas

President John F. Kennedy shot in Dallas

Malala began her acts of defiance in 2009 by making posts to a blog published by the BBC. She vividly described living in fear under the Taliban, as in this post from her diary:

"I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools.... On my way from school to home, I heard a man saying, 'I will kill you.' I hastened my pace, and after a while looked back [to see] if the man was still coming behind me. But to my utter relief, he was talking on his mobile and must have been threatening someone else over the phone."

Girl shot in Pakistan

Girl shot in Pakistan

Girl Shot in Pakistan       Photo: T. Mughal/EPA file

The Taliban finally caught up with Malala on October 9, 2012 and shot her. She was headed home on a school bus when gunmen on a motorcycle stopped the bus and boarded it. They fired at Malala from point blank range. One of the bullets pierced her temple and lodged in her throat. By some miracle she did not die on the spot. The bleeding girl was carried to a hospital where she remains in critical condition.

A friend of Malala named Shazia rode on the bus with her that day and was injured by a stray bullet.

"They stopped our school van. They were riding on a bike. The masked man kept pointing guns at us and the other was shouting, 'Where is Malala?' I froze with a flashback to the old dark days: I remembered the headless bodies...the grotesque violence."

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai            Photo: Sherin Zada/AP

The Taliban claimed credit for shooting this young girl named Malala. 

What kind of people would do such a thing? Let alone proudly take credit for it?

If there is a single person in Pakistan supporting the Taliban, they should feel shame beyond words.  

Updates

Malala was moved to a hospital in Birmingham, England so she can receive special care for her gunshot injuries.

The Taliban has vowed to target her again. 

On January 3, 2013, her father was appointed by the Pakistan government to an attache position in Birmingham so he can be near his daughter.

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Zulfiqar Ali, Alex Rodriguez, Christian

Science Monitor, Owais Tohid.

October 11, 2013 -- The European Union awarded its top human rights prize Thursday to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls.

-- Los Angeles Times

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I am praying for Malala, and praying she can join her school friends again as soon as possible. 

-- Shazia Ramzan

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"Blowin' in the Wind"

by Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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