“And then, out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.”
I saw this on the shelf at the library and thought, “Yes! Finally, I will get to read this one.” What I failed to note is that I picked up the young readers edition. I hope I didn’t miss too much by choosing this copy! Malala is well known throughout the world as an advocate for peace and education. I was interested in her experiences in Pakistan before the shooting and the book covered her daily life very well. It’s amazing that we live in the same world and can have such different experiences. Her outlook is well beyond her years and she truly is an inspiration. Malala began speaking out well before the Taliban targeted and shot her on the bus ride home from school. She prides herself on standing up for what is right and has a wonderful role model in her father, who did the same. The struggle that these girls went through to go to school hits me hard. I was fortunate to walk right in and took that for granted. They worried if their uniforms stood out as targets or if the school would be shut down. For an entire country to fall under a man that has the power to stop all women from attending school in this age of technology and innovation is heartbreaking. If you have no interest in biographies, I urge you to take a few moments to check out the Malala Foundation and research what is going on with refugees around the world. Education is a major foundation for success in the future and we could all be more informed.