“My name is Malala” Nobel Peace Prize winner 2014
Malala Yousafzai 17 years old from Pakistan said to Obama and other world leaders<instead of sending weapons send books and teachers> this is the young people’s revolution
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
For the first time the most important worldwide prize for peace operators, the Nobel Prize, has been assigned to a teenager. Malala, little more than a child, comes from Mingora, on the northwest frontier of Pakistan, the mountain region called Swat, controlled by the Taleban. For the first time this choice found all in agreement, no arguments, or squabbles as happened to the prize-giving to Obama or to the European Union during the past few years. Malala is an international symbol of
courageand of a new way of being young and contributing actively to change the world.
She will receive the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo next December together with the Indian Kailash Satyarthi who is fighting against child labour and children slaves. The choice of two people from two nations that are fighting a war between them is emblematic and wishes to solicit the end of fighting.
Malala lives in Birmingham where she arrived in 2012 on a stretcher after having been wounded by the Taleban for having refused obedience to the prohibition, for women, to go to school. Daughter to a teacher Malala had always dreamt of becoming a doctor and had not accepted the Taleban ban. She convinced some school friends and some teachers, and at the end of 2008 she was able to start studying again in a regular manner. Since she was 13 she also wrote a diary, which through the BBC is becoming very famous. For this reason on October 9th 2012 the religious
authorities decided to have her killed on the bus when she was going home after school. The girl was called by their spokesperson “ the symbol of the unfaithful and of obscenities” . Malala was terribly wounded but survived the attack and the news went on TV al l over the world. Her first treatments were in the Pakistan hospitals then she was moved by plane to Birmingham where some of the skull bones were substituted with titanium plaques, they also operated her disfigured face and after months of care she was finally declared completely healed. Help arrived from all over the world. Madonna wore a t-shirt with her name on it while singing, Angelina Jolie gave the fund, in Malala’s name 30.000 pounds destined to the education of children.
Malala has at this point become the symbol of a non-violent battle for children to whom and educations is prohibited and most of all for young women who have no freedom.
Malala is an important name in Asia, that of a heroin from Maiwand, a sort of Joan of Arc from Afghanistan and juts like the person after which she has been
named she too has the courage necessary for revolutionary changes.
She is the major spokesperson for the concept<<education as an instrument for changing the world>>. She has spoken to the ONU members warning the governors that «Every child has the right to receive a quality education, to not suffer for child labour, to not suffer for slavery. They all have the right to be happy».
Well done Malala, we are all with you!