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14 Year Old Girl Shot by Taliban for Speaking Out

Photo: Easy guys, we're about to get serious (very briefly).This is Malala Yousufzai. She's fourteen years old, and lives in Pakistan. Today, she was shot in the head for speaking out against the fact that under the Pakistani Taliban, women are not educated.She was shot in the head for saying she should be able to go to school.According to various news sources, the bullet did not enter her brain and she is stable.It's very nice for us to sit here, and talk about how much we fucking love science. Almost every one of us had the opportunity to go to school, and to learn (even if some of us didn't appreciate that opportunity at the time). Yet on the other side of the world, children are dying for the right to go to school.I don't mean to preach, and I'm sorry if I'm bumming you all out. I just thought this should noted by us: value your education. Value that you've had the opportunity to fucking love science. Some never get that chance, and some would die for that chance. Malala Yousufzai, speaking in 2009 aged eleven: "I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education. And I'm afraid of no one."For more information on how she is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19893309
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I sat in front of the TV last night and cried.  What a beautiful girl…veil wrapped around her head, speaking like someone too wise for her years, talking about the importance and RIGHT of educating young girls in Pakistan.  She spoke as if she was used to the cameras and interviews, very articulate and to the point- talking about how educating women was NOT against the koran as the Taliban had said.  It did not matter.  They shot her.  IN THE HEAD execution style.  My god.

In the middle of all this I called out for my 13 year old son Declan.  We watched together as they explained again the plight of this amazing young girl…who incredibly, is in stable condition.

It’s times like this when I try to talk to my son about issues like this.  As terrible as it was to see on TV it was an opportunity to talk to my son about the freedoms we here in the US enjoy every day…and how the fight for human rights continues…even in 2012.  Some parents shelter their kids from news like this thinking it’s too much for them.  I for one look for these opportunities.  We take SO many things for granted because of where we live and HOW we live.

This young girl, whose name is Malala Yousufzai is a hero who I hope the world hears more of in the coming years.  Half-joking, I said to my son “So I want you to think of her the next time you complain to me about doing your homework”.  We laughed…and then hugged.  Lesson learned.  I hope Malalal gets to teach us many more lessons in the future.

 

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