The title of a recently released Reuters article is “Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at ENGLISH school” (Web-site/URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/19/us-britain-pakistan-malala-idUSBRE92I0ZZ20130319).
“Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries”.
“Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a symbol of resistance to Taliban efforts to deny women’s rights and is even among nominees for this year’s (2013) Nobel Peace Prize”.
“She described her return to school as THE MOST IMPORTANT day of her life“. “I am excited that today (March 19, 2013) I have achieved my dream ofgoing back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity“. Thanks to Malala, we are closer to that dream.
“Accompanied by her father and carrying a pink rucksack, Yousufzai joined other pupils at Edgbaston High School for GIRLS in Birmingham, central England, close to the hospital where she underwent surgery to reconstruct her skull last month (February, 2013)”. Why doesn’t Malala want to go to a MIXED school? This reinforces the fact that Pakistani attitudes regarding GENDER INTEGRATION are still CONSERVATIVE.
Yousafzai went on: “I miss my classmates from Pakistan VERY MUCH (obviously), but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham”. As far as “missing (her) classmates”, there’s FACEBOOK TWITTER and SKYPE.
Finally, according to Edgbaston headteacher Ruth Weeks, “She wants to be a NORMAL (?) teenage girl and to have the support of other girls around (her)” obviously, but she ISN’T “normal” in the sense that what she did was and still is HEROIC and how many young people (under the age of 30 or 40 have been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?) That is AMAZING. ”Talking to her, I know that’s something she missed during her time in hospital“. OK. How/what about her brothers? Will they return to Pakistan?
This story should have us watering up in the eyes. MALALA YOUSAFZAI, EVERYONE’S daughter/sister/niece is back folks, with the wind of God at her back. As far as returning to Pakistan, perhaps she can take a line from Al Jazeera‘s MELISSA CHAN: “I hope to be back….one day“ (Web-site/URL: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/05/201251183633811491.html), but only when conditions are SAFE which unfortunately seem to be A LONG WAY OFF right now.