Ziauddin Yousafzai ran a girls' school in the Swat Valley. The Taliban broadcast a threat that, after a certain date, no girls could attend school, so Mr. Yousafzai was forced to close it. Some hundreds of other girls' schools had been destroyed by the Taliban. Her father spoke against the Taliban, but, despite criticizing others for leaving the Swat Valley in its hour of need, he did eventually and wisely move his family and himself temporarily out of harm's way. But, upon their return to home, with a very shaky peace, continued shelling, and Taliban rumored to be in hiding amongst the people, Mr. Yousafzai was an outspoken critic of the terrorist organization. His name was even broadcast as an enemy to be slaughtered.
|His grin is certain, hers more |
circumspect (like Mona Lisa)
Malala's dream was to become a doctor; Mr. Yousafzai's wanted his daughter to become a politician. Although I am sympathetic to Mr. Yousafzai and agree with his positions, I can't help but wonder, did Malala choose this near-martyrdom, or is she just trying to please her doting father? What would I do if it was my daughter's education being threatened? Would I put my pride and joy in danger? It is such a hard call. I can only pray I never need to make such choices.