Cowardly Taliban shoot girl activist

(64 Posts)
CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 10-Oct-12 07:43:10

Malala Yousufzai

A 14 year-old activist is shot by the cowardly men of the Taliban simply for campaigning for herself and other girls to be educated. Another PR coup for radical islam.

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 10-Oct-12 07:59:38

There is an AIBU thread on this, it has 7 posts.
AIBU to be absolutely disgusted at that only 7 educated women feel the need to express their utter horror, anger and disgust at this story.

Everyone of us who sent a daughter of to school this morning (or a son) should be up in arms.

zookeeper Wed 10-Oct-12 08:02:38

It's sickening. What can we do to help?

flyoverthegoldenhill Wed 10-Oct-12 08:16:51

I cant find the other thread. Mothers, women, daughters should all be united.
I wish Malala a speady recovery

msrisotto Wed 10-Oct-12 08:22:25

This young girl is utterly amazing! Been writing a blog about life under Taliban rule since she was 11!!! Incredible child.

Amazing that the Taliban are so threatened by such a young girl. It exposes their appalling ideas as so crap, even a young child can show them for what they really are. Not to diminish her in any way, but these are grown men being so threatened by a young girl who is speaking out without violence, just truth.

msrisotto Wed 10-Oct-12 08:23:14

I do hope she isn't too traumatised but I can't see how that could really be avoided. And I hope they don't come back to finish the job.

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 10-Oct-12 08:44:33

Next time some liberal asks you why we are fighting in Afghanistan.
This is why!

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 10-Oct-12 08:49:54

I hope schools across the UK today are talking about Malala in assembly. I think she's not only extremely brave but a fantastic role model for young women everywhere. British girls quite rightly take education and so much else for granted, don't necessarily understand why feminism is still important, and it's worth highlighting that there are still women and girls like Malala around the world fighting for basic equality rights and suffering for their willingness to challenge misogynistic cultures & ignorant bullies like the Taliban

EverybodysSpookyEyed Wed 10-Oct-12 08:55:47

I read this morning that the bullet has been removed successfully. I wish her a speedy recovery.

The Taliban have said they will go after her again so I hope a lot of consideration is being given to how she can be protected

Flossie69 Wed 10-Oct-12 12:02:33

I think this girl is truly inspirational, and truly brave. I shall post on AIBU to bump that too.

Really, we don't appreciate the freedoms we have in this country sad

Snorbs Wed 10-Oct-12 12:06:37

I find it incredibly depressing that some people find the idea of educating girls so deeply abhorrent that they are prepared to kill over it.

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 10-Oct-12 14:41:08

Utterly disgusted so few feel the need to express their anger at this.

EverybodysSpookyEyed Wed 10-Oct-12 15:00:45

It's not just that they oppose the education of girls, it's that they are so anti freedom of speech. And then are willing to kill for that.

It sounds like this has shocked Pakistan as a country and hopefully something good can come of this horrible deed

She is a very brave girl and I hope she makes a full recovery because she is very inspirational and could be a great force for good as she gets older

meditrina Wed 10-Oct-12 15:10:47

I didn't see the AIBU post (such a busy forum that individual threads can sometimes vanish without trace - I hope this thread 'sticks' better IYSWIM).

One of the unsung successes of the international military presence in Afghanistan is the vast improvement there for girls and women being able to access health care and education, something they were denied under the Taliban, and something I very much fear will go swiftly into reverse after withdrawal.

somebloke123 Wed 10-Oct-12 15:25:00

What a courageous young woman. Truly heroic.

I hope the support for her will be loud and universal.

In the UK especially valuable would be vocal support (and condemnation for her attackers and those who threaten her) from:

1. The BBC/Media feminist sisterhood (Toynbee, Ashley etc)

2. The muslim community, who have the advantage of living in a relatively free and civilised country.

janesnowdon1 Wed 10-Oct-12 16:21:39

So glad she is doing well - but she will probably now have to seek asylum abroad. I too agree more people need to speak out about the Taliban and their subjugation of women and denial of education to girls. Found this in the summer partcularly chilling

DoIDare Wed 10-Oct-12 16:26:19

I too expected some outrage here.

Nt only do they think it is acceptable to shoot a child because she wants to be educated, but think it is ime how admirable because she is female.

I am furious.

kweggie Wed 10-Oct-12 16:41:37

Haven't looked yet, but I hope this makes the main news tonight. The reason that education of females is abhorrent is because they could become educated mothers who demand education for their children in turn.
Some-one please tell me how this is different to what happened in the Holocaust. Afterwards every one said ' but we didn't realise! 'Haven't we learned anything from history? I suggest mn'ers email their MPs to express their outrage

Frontpaw Wed 10-Oct-12 16:46:01

I have been simmering over this all day - not just outraged, Daily Mail Outraged!

The next second generation English Muslim banging on at me about how he has to support his 'noomslim braavers' will get a boot up the arse from me, and hopefully a clip around the ears from his mum, sisters, aunties...

CogitoErgoSometimes Wed 10-Oct-12 17:41:22

I'd hope all English women would be particularly supportive of their muslim sister.

Frontpaw Wed 10-Oct-12 18:01:02

I think it is more 'people of humanity' rather than any religious affinity.

These Taliban have shown themselves to be against any religious teachings I've come across and they look to be vindictive, mysoginist, anti-education, pathetic creatures - attacking schoolgirls - rather than the 'fighters' the like to think of themselves as.

rosabud Wed 10-Oct-12 19:58:35

I think this is outrageous and can't believe it hasn't been the top news story on bulletins. I also think it should have been in every shool assembley in the land but it wasn't mentioned in the scool assembley I was in today. There has been a tread on this in the feminist section too but I'm surprised how few posts it has attracted.

Frontpaw Wed 10-Oct-12 20:29:07

It was on radio 4 this morning and on the evening neww. I think she is off to Dubai.

kim147 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:37:39

I spoke to my class today. A girl who is an Afghan refugee told the rest of the class what it was like on her country before she fled.

EverybodysSpookyEyed Wed 10-Oct-12 22:01:34

the story is being given 'in depth' treatment on radio 4 10 o'clock news

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