Malala Yousafzai

My 7 year-old daughter, Katy, asked me: “Why did someone shoot that girl?”

She was referring to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani child shot in the head for promoting education for girls.

 It was not an easy thing to explain – but I did my best.

Katy heard about it at school – which is somewhat ironic.

It pleases me that the UK took her to one of our hospitals without a moment’s hesitation and has kept her safe.

Some people believe that the Taliban didn’t shoot her – that it was the CIA. Some people believe the Taliban did shoot her but didn’t mean to kill her. Freedom of speech allows such discussion and opposing views.

What is true, is that someone shot a kid in the head for standing up for what she believes in.

PESHAWAR, NORTH-WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE, PAKISTAN – MARCH 26, 2009
(Photo by Veronique de Viguerie/Getty Images)

 

I have some insight into how Malala’s father might be feeling right now.

My thoughts are with him.

I am so grateful that my daughter is well tonight.

If she grows up to be as courageous and intelligent as Malala Yousafzai, I will be a very proud and happy man.

I hope Malala survives, recovers and that she becomes a fine, intelligent woman. I hope she lives a life filled with happiness. 

She has inspired my little girl to value her education and that is a beautiful thing.

Katy’s tribute to Malala – in marbles.

Copyright © 2012 William Henry Prince.

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