Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Let Us Pray For Pakistan Girl Who Was Shot For Going To School

Let us pray for Malala Yousufzai because she was shot in the head for choosing to go to school to get an education in Pakistan.  A Talliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school and shot Malala, a 14-year-old girl,  in the head and neck on October 9, 2012.

The Taliban had imposed a ban on education for girls in the troubled Swat Valley.  Malala wrote about her pain and sorrow in a diary for BBC Urdu online.  The talented writer beat 93 contestants from 42 countries to be nominated for the international Children's Peace Prize 2011.  She has been awarded numerous peace awards for her bravery to write a blog for the BBC's Urdu service to reveal her experiences under threat.

Malala was on her way home from school when two men opened fire, shooting her in the forehead and injuring two other girls.  Witnesses say a bearded man had asked for Malala by name.

This attach on the young girl of fourteen has shocked Pakistan, a nation who does not want violence.  She is an example of courage and hope to put education first for young girls.

Mian Iftihar Husing Husain, the local information minister, said " It is the sign of weakness of Taliban that they have been targeting females."

Schools shut their doors in protest and Pakistanis across the country held vigils to pray for Malala's healing.  Let us unite in prayer to believe good overcomes evil.  

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