Praying for Our Hero, Malala Yousafzai

On Wednesday 10th October this year, surgeons in Pakistan removed a Taliban bullet from the head of our youngest hero – fourteen year old Malala Yousafzai. She was attacked in this way because of her brave response to the atrocities of the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the otherwise peaceful Swat Valley, known as the Switzerland of Pakistan.

The Taliban had imposed their will with monstrous force against all men and women who didn’t conform completely to their outrageous world view. People considered obstacles to this backwardness were slaughtered, women were banned from going out shopping and more than 400 schools were closed down.

Malaya pointed out in her blog: ‘Some people are afraid of ghosts; some people are afraid of spiders. In Swat we are afraid of humans. But not humans like us – these were barbarians.’

The diaries of Malala Yousafzai are as important to us as those of Anne Frank. They describe everything that happened during the Taliban occupation when girls had to hide books under their shawls and ran the risk of having acid thrown in their faces.

“I was scared enough to see the pictures of bodies hanging in Swat but the decision to ban girls from going to school was choking me and I decided to stand against the forces of backwardness.”

Once the Taliban had been driven from Swat, her campaign gathered momentum and became more and more ambitious. Campaigning for peace and education, Malala won a host of national and international awards including Pakistan’s highest commendation for civilians. And she went back to school saying, ‘I will carry on my work for the girls and I will speak out for their rights.’

This was too much for the barbarian who boarded her school bus, identified Malala , shot her in the head and neck and injured another girl. The other Taliban barbarians have threatened a further attack should she survive. Her father has said that nothing would stop either of them from continuing their work. ‘The Taliban must not think for a moment that they have won.’

At we believe that Malala is going to be the winner. She has brought together people of all faiths who are determined to defy the barbarian agenda and replace it with freedom, education, peace and prosperity for all. We pray not only for her full recovery but for the continuation of her important work into adulthood.

If you would like to send a card, gift, donation or message to Malala Yousafzai, please visit Birmingham Hospital Charity Fund’s Website

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