Putin winning would be a travesty, and Obama has yet to earn his Nobel – there is someone however who deserves it beyond world leaders. In the short clip on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart below Malala showed why many of us hope it will be awarded to her this Friday.
My article Malala – being on the side of the angels this time last year stated:
What would you do of you were not afraid?
It is such an easy question to ask, and a popular refrain of self help books to encourage people to take a chance to live your life. The sheer number of best sellers in this genre suggests a number of people are looking for not just confidence, but the conviction to be truly alive.
Malala, a school girl in a Taliban controlled part of Pakistan knew she wanted to go to school. To be educated, and be with her friends. To do so without restriction. What is more, she wanted to tell people about her frustration and share her experiences and views. This went beyond blogging about teenage life to her network of friends. Her outspoken desire to experience life, and question things, had a global audience and had come to the ear of the Taliban. Her voice was one they had already threatened to silence. And by so doing subdue parents and women that may dare to question their lot in life under their tyranny. To show outspoken critics that their life, even that of a child, meant nothing when raised against them.
To this end a man boarded the school bus taking Malala home, and shot her at close range – we can only imagine the screams and the terror onboard. This was not collateral damage, an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time. She was the target; with an assassin asking by name for a child so he could kill her. Silencing her forever.
Hopefully when the full interview with Malala is on youtube will be included here and in an additional post. If you spot before I do please comment the link at the bottom or tell me via twitter.
Update: extended interview can be found here.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog