From Sky News.
A Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls to be allowed to go to school has been sent to the UK for medical treatment.
An air ambulance has been provided by the United Arab Emirates to transport 14-year-old Malala Yusufzai. She is travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff, after being shot in the head and neck.
A Pakistani military spokesman said Malala, whose shooting has drawn condemnation abroad and at home, would require prolonged care to fully recover physically and psychologically.
“The panel of doctors recommended that Malala be shifted abroad to a UK centre which has the capability to provide integrated care to children who have sustained severe injury.”
Where the hell is the National Organization for Women?
There is a reason why the America has historically not negotiated with terrorists, Malala’s story is why. On Tuesday a team of Taliban fighters boarded a school bus in the Swat valley of northern Pakistan. Their target was 14-year old school girl named Malala, and when they found her they shot her twice, once in the head and then again in the neck. She is now in a hospital fighting for her life, though doctors are hopeful that she will pull through. What made this young girl an enemy of the Taliban and target for execution? She was an outspoken advocate for girl’s education in Pakistan.
Malala and her plight first began to gain recognition in 2009 when the BBC published her diary asblog under the pen name “Gul Makai.” Referring to it in her diary she says, “I also like the name because my real name means ‘grief-stricken.’ My father said that some days ago someone brought the printout of this diary saying how wonderful it was. My father said that he smiled but could not even say that it was written by his daughter.” It is a frank account of a young girl’s struggle live up to her potential and worth a read.
Ultimately her identity came out, putting her in the Taliban’s crosshairs. Later in 2009 she was the subject of a short documentary by Adam Ellick which chronicles the struggle of Malala and girls like her to get an education in Taliban held territory. Emotional and mesmerizing, it outlines the stakes in the war with militant Islam starkly and can be viewed here.
In 2011 she was runner up for the International Children’s Peace Prize, the first Pakistani girl ever nominated for the award. And in December of 2011 the Pakistani Prime Minister awarded her the first Pakistan Peace Prize for someone under the age of 18; it has subsequently been named the National Malala Peace Prize.
……The Taliban have issued a statement saying, “We are dead against coeducation and secular education, Malala was targeted because of her pioneer role in preaching secularism. … And whom so ever will (do the same) in the future will again be targeted by the (Pakistani Taliban)”. They also added that should she survive they will try to kill her again.
The Obama administration has sought to negotiate a treaty with the Taliban to facilitate a planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called the negotiations distasteful but the best way to end the prolonged war. These talks have broken down but this incident should act as a reminder that we face a determined enemy with whom we share no goals or values.