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.