Don’t shoot the messenger

Although the news regarding Malala Yousafzai is not as recent as other news, it is still worth mentioning today.

Some of you who might have been paying attention towards the end of October might have come across a news story: A 15 year old Pakistani girl was shot at point-blank range in the head by the Taliban. Why? Because she was protesting about education rights for women in Pakistan.

Malala had become a target when she had written a blog piece that criticised the Taliban regime. Unfortunately they happened to be in control of the area that she lives in. So when Malala was on her way home via bus, masked men came on board and demanded which one of the girls was Malala. When she was identified she was shot in the head and the neck. Currently she is still recovering from her injury in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where she was quickly flown after the bullet extraction in Pakistan.

To be honest there is little much else that needs to be said. A 15 year old, somebody around our age was just trying to send a message across to the world, through a simple blog post like this. Imagine complaining about something on a social site and then being shot in the head because you said it. Imagine living in a world where you don’t know if you’re safe or not, and you’re scared to speak out because of the danger that could lie ahead of you. Sadly, this is the case for many countries under strict regimes like the Taliban, and movements to remedy this are still underway and have a long way to go.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2220862/Malala-Yousafzai-First-picture-Taliban-shooting-victim-hospital-bed-doctors-say-able-stand.html

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30 thoughts on “Don’t shoot the messenger

  1. This is discrimination. it’s absolutely disgusting and I can’t imagine how Malala and her family are feeling after the shooting. This is just wrong, everyone deserves to get an education especially women in Afghanistan. Just wondering, will the taliban see ou blog and come find us. just curious and a little scare cause Dont people look at our blog form Afghanistan?

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    • Malala is a courageous person Dawn and yes, almost the entire world would agree with your feelings of disgust. More people need to be discussing issues like this and exposing this shocking behaviour for the outrage that it is. The discussion here is a good thing Dawn. You don’t need to feel concerned about it.

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  2. People everywhere discussing cases like Malala Yousafzai and her courageous stand exposes those who oppress others, which is one of the first steps to freeing those under the control of such people. Thanks for this post Lin. It is worth mentioning as you say. It is particularly worth discussing and having an opinion on.

    Clearly Malala would have been one of those 6 in 100 000 spoken of in the post on the Holocaust.

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  3. This is terribly sad! As a human right here in Australia we have the freedom of speech, and for our opinions to be heard, this poor girl obviously does not even have the right to voice her own opinion. It is disgusting.

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  4. Lin, this was such a well written piece 🙂 Good job, but it’s so sad the circumstances in which you wrote about. I think it is horrible how they have no freedom of speech; everyone should have a right to their own opinion. No one should ever get shot just for speaking there mind. The Taliban was clearly in the wrong here by shooting that poor girl. All she did was speaking her mind, saying your opinion is hard enough because there are usually always people disagreeing or pulling you down for it. But to have someone shoot you in the head for just saying you opinion is disgusting! Malala is a very courageous brave young girl, who is now a role model for me and i think everyone should look up to her as a brave women. I respect what Malala did and i think everyone else should to.
    Good Job Lin for writing such an intriguing piece!

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    • Thanks Keisha, but I think you give me too much credit.Unfortunately the Taliban have done a lot of things that are pretty horrible, and they’ve been around for a long time. We’re lucky that we’re in a free country and we can say what we want to say, and even protest.And yeah I’m not so sure if I could be as brave as Malala! 😀

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  5. As I was reading your comments it made me think back to the very first post on this blog: Know me! Know you! What determines who you are? Really, the only difference between Malala and many of you is just where you were born, or at least are now living. Even if people disagree with what YOU say, you can still speak your mind with little or no consequences. If you lived elsewhere, this may not be so, as was the case for Malala.

    Do you think this post has anything to do with the refugee issue, the so called “boat people” that are always in the news? In the first nine days of November this year alone, about 900 people have arrived on 17 boats from Sri Lanka. Why do they do it? Are they terrorists? Are they trying to “take our jobs” as some contend? Don’t they know how dangerous travelling in an old leaky boat can be? What is wrong with these people? Why don’t they go back to where they came from? Any thoughts?

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  6. The fact that they have commited this atrocity might have just been because they are bad people but it is more likely that their insecurity led them to be threatened by the actions of this brave 15 year old. Perhaps with fears of a possible rebellious uprising against them?

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  7. Freedom of speech is everybody’s right. Imagine how horrible life would be living under the taliban’s rules? What if there are no consequences for this disgraceful act of inhumanity? The title ‘dont shoot the messenger’suits well as this is the case in the story. why should a girl be shot for voicing her opinion?

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  8. Being shot in the head for writing something that goes against the government is shocking. No one deserves to be shot for that, and it is amazing that Malala survived. Everyone deserves the right to have an education so her protest was a good thing to do and she shouldn’t have been shot. This shows that the Taliban need to be stopped because they are very bad.

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  9. Freedom of speech is everybody’s right. Imagine living under the talibans rules, getting shot for voicing her opinion? This i a pure act of how evil the world can be at times. Why should a girl be shot for voicing her opinion?

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  10. This girl is a very brave girl because having the courage to stand up for what she believes in and that shouldn’t go unnoticed. This brave girl has shown people that if you thing something is wrong you should stand up and speak your mind and see who approves. It was a shame that the girl got shot and it wasn’t needed but the girl would have gotten her message across to all people in her country

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  11. I believe this is incredibly sad! I just dont understand what she did wrong and why the Taliban would go after her for trying to help the community. If this type of thing happened in Australia there would be serious chaos. It is just a miracle how she survived and those men should not be allowed to get away with it.

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  12. Shooting a poor 15 year girl in the head, for speaking up about something she believe’s in and what she thinks needs to change, is not right. I feel extremely sorry for anyone that has to go through these kind of things. THESE PEOPLE NEED HELP!!

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  13. What happened to Malala is so wrong, she was only voicing her opinion of what she thinks is right. She should be able to have the right to voice what she thinks without being shot. What the Taliban did is so wrong. In Australia we post basically whatever we want and nothing happens to us, but it’s not the same in Pakistan.
    Malala is a brave girl for standing up for she thinks.
    What would you do if the Taliban had a gun to your head because you voiced your opinion? How would youb feel?

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  14. this girl is very brave because having that amount of courage at such a young age is very impressive, but i dont not understand what it is that she did wrong, and what made the taliban go after her. because shooting a poor 15 year old in the head, just for speaking out is disgusting.

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  15. what happened to this girl is so wrong. This is so disgusting that we cant speak our minds. Right to free speech is one of our rights. hope she recovers well, and her family is safe.

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  16. It is absolutely disgraceful to read such a heartbreaking story that happened to a 15 year old Pakistani girl who got shot for voicing her opinion! She had a gun to her head for speaking out against the brutal, heartless group of people. I have two sisters at the age of 12 and 17. My sisters wouldnt know what is going on in the real world and would turn desperate and give in to people in the world, apart from feeling helpless and oppressed. Would you like to see this happening to your sisters?

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  17. I think that it is disgusting that a girl like this can be shot in the head for saying whats on her mind. It really makes me feel greatful for being able to live in a free country and being able to say whats on my mind. And it was just a comment from a 15 year old girl.

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  18. I think that it is disgraceful that an innocent child like this can be shot in the head for saying what her beliefs. It really makes me feel greatful for being able to live in a free country and being able to say whats on my mind. And it was just a comment from a girl, that could be anyone from a chinese to a amercian but it depends where you are.

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  19. I think that what happened to Malala is disgusting. No one deserves that and everyone deserves to have their own equal rights. Seeing how this happens in other countries makes me so glad I live in a country that have rights and it makes me wish that every other country had the same rights.

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  20. we think what happened to Malala is unjust. she was standing up for what she considered as right, she only wanted women in pakistan to have equal education rights, just as the other billions of people in the world. This brings a realisation to us how fortunate we are living in a peaceful country and getting an equal education to all the others compared. What the taliban’s did to Malala and what they are still doing to prevent women from getting education or even getting equal human rights as men is appalling. this disgusting act should be STOPPED RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
    Quincey and Jordan 🙂 ❤

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  21. I think this piece of writting is really well written but it is extremely sad that a girl that is only fifteen years old get shot just because she espressed her opinion. i feel really sorry for Malala

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  22. What happened to Malala is disgusting and unfair. Everyone has a right to have an opinion and getting shot for stating your beliefs…
    Malala is a very brave girl. In Australia we are very fortunate to be able to express our opinions and beliefs without such serious and brutal consequence, we do risk small things such as fights but nothing as bad as this and all she did was post a blog.

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  23. The Taliban are sick to shoot a 15 year old girl twice just because she criticized them. In Australia if someone criticises you, you don’t go and shoot them.
    I think it was very unfortunate that Malala was shot just because of her blog. It is very unfair that the Taliban as bad as they are at least allow freedom of speech. The way the Taliban handled the situation wasn’t very good at all, they shot her on the bus in both head and neck. I believe the Taliban over reacted on the situation leaving a poor innocent girl in the hospital.

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