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14 Year Old Taliban Victim is Brave Beyond Belief

Pakistani girl is shot by lunatics for exercising free speech

“…Malala Yousufzai, 14, was gunned down as she headed home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The girl was in critical condition Thursday at a military hospital outside Islamabad after surgeons removed a bullet lodged in her neck.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for targeting Malala, who enraged the militant group by writing about her daily battle with extremists who used fear and intimidation to force girls to stay at home instead of going to school. Malala’s online writing earned her Pakistan’s first National Peace Prize in November.”

I don’t think I need to describe how much courage it takes to stand up and speak out in that corner of the earth. And that’s a good thing because I couldn’t describe it even if I tried. Malala spoke to CNN last year, displaying a grace and poise at age 14, that 99 percent of people never achieve. Hopefully she pulls through. The world can’t afford to lose someone like her.

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