Don’t forget Malala

By Eddy Montilla

Do you remember Malala Yousafzai?

     I start with this question because Internet has changed the way people see news these days. With so many pieces of information being published every minute, people cannot distinguish between important and trivial things.

     And Malala is really very important. She is the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls like her. Her voice reached the sky and turned into tedious echo in the ears of those who are against the truth.

     In a place like the United Nations, used for adults, renowned people and politicians, this girl spoke on behalf of millions of girls around the world who cannot study. During the opening of the new public library in Birmingham, England, which is considered the largest in Europe, the opening speech was not delivered by a man of considerable intellect or by a Nobel Prize in Literature winner, but by Malala. Here and there, you can listen to her claim for pens, books and education because she knows that these things can set people free from a life of misery or drudgery.

     What an absurd world we live in! The burden and fight that adults should face are on the shoulders of a teenager. I don’t exactly know if we should praise her for her efforts or feel ashamed of ourselves. Malala defeated death and fear this time. She is risking her life for many girls for the right of education. She is firm like an iron column in her convictions. Don’t forget Malala.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper WORLD AND OPINION with Eddy Montilla.

Copyright 2013 All rights reserved.

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