Pakistan is the land of contradictions. It is the country in political intensive care. The faces , the terrains , the marshes are wounded and scarred by guns and unending terrorism ,international and political rifts. 2014 the year of change , a ray of hope bringing a new wave of storytelling , a sudden twist in the Pakistan political , international image brought through by a Damsel of Peace, Malala Yousafzai. She received a prestigious accolade , the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala is an advocate of Peace par excellence, judging from her merciless attack by the Taliban, her resistance to suffering. Her defiance in fight for peace and justice. It is heartening that today Malala dances to the tunes of the Nobel. Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. The winner was born on 12th of July 1997. Her hometown was once a popular tourist spot, before the emergence of the Taliban terrorists.
Malala got initiated into activism in the early years of her school days . This was the time when the Taliban were attacking young girls in schools, disrupting their educational rights. She bravely gave a speech in September 2008 titled , “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”
At a tender age , she blogged for BBC and she never cease to amaze this scribe and others, the Young winner was a nominee of International Children Peace Prize in 2011 and wore another amazing girdle in the same Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize.At the tender age of 14 , the heroine was already a threat and target of the Taliban.
The Taliban terrorist tracked her and shot her instantly in the left side of the head her on the 12th of October 2012. Such a grave attack of the innocent girl child who needs life and grow to lead and save the save the world and her country- barbarism.
After the grievous attack, Malala remained determined she continued advocating for her rights and other girls rights. She gave heart rending speeches on International platforms and continue to pocket prestigious awards with such baffling clout ,confidence and maturity.
' I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated'.
Malala gave a powerful speech at the United Nations in 2013 and she wrote her own autobiography irrespective of her young age, the autobiography is titled I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban,. In that same year the European Parliament awarded her with Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.'The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born'.
In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequalled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”'As the October golden sun rays filtered through the world social terrains and political landscapes with its golden smile , it carried the golden news of the Damsel of Peace dancing to the tunes of Nobel'.
Dance Malala Dance!