By Tamar Gorgadze
LORTON, Virginia, U.S.A. – When first reading the news about Malala Yousafazi, all I could do was ponder on about millions of other girls worldwide who have tried to be as courageous as her and instead of being respected and honored for making a positive impact in their country, they have been treated unfairly and cruelly.
Last week, the Taliban hunted down this proponent of girls’ education who is just 14, found her on her way home from school and shot her in the head. She’s in a British hospital in serious condition. After the attack, the Taliban claimed responsibility and said they’d try again to kill her if they could.
It’s unbelievable how someone is capable of not only shooting a child, but to also be more than willing to do it again. As much as we try to understand, we never will know the physiological state of mind of that Taliban member who was raised to think very differently from the rest of us. We can only stand up for what’s right and create noise and encourage young women, no matter the distance, to never doubt what they know is right and to continuously show that women are strong, audacious and intelligent.
Malala Yousafzai's official Facebook photo
I’d love to see young girls around the world take what Malala did for her country as an example and try to do the same for theirs. If a girl in a country with no rights for women stood up and attempted to empower women and promote their right to an education, then people living in countries full of freedom should be more than capable of giving service to others in need.
There will always be problems to fix in this world and the list will only get longer, so be bold and an active member in this world and speak out the truth.
It’s times like these when we come to understand all the efforts that have been made by United States to stop the Taliban from continuing with its horrendous crimes.
We may all disagree on foreign affairs, whether we should stay involved or stay out of another country’s business, but if we were to just talk about this innocent 14-year-old girl – who only wants a brighter life for women in her country and craves a good education, but has not even the slightest right to speak her mind – we would have no choice but to be on the same page and feel deeply saddened by her circumstances.
Those of us lucky enough to enjoy freedom and education should truly appreciate the life we have now and stop complaining about pointless matters because, as Malala showed us so well, there is someone out there yearning for the privileges we already have.