Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

malala 130104The shooting of Masala Yousafzai provoked national and international outrage.  The attempted murder of a 15-year old girl showed up the Taliban as a contemptuous, cowardly organisation whose fundamentalist creed is archaic and of scant relevance to the modern world.  It is fundamentally flawed in its marginalisation and discrimination of women


malala yousafzai

Picture it.
October twenty-twelve,
in a school bus, travelling home
with her friends, in Swat, West Pakistan.
Shot in chest and head
and left for dead
Malala Yousafzai,
victim of the Taliban.

Malala Yousafzai.
Her only crime,
resistance to oppression;
to fight whatever way she can
for educating girls,
for freedom of expression;
to win a national peace award
and thus defy, put to the sword,
the doctrine of the Taliban.

Masala Yousafzai.
She refused to die that day.
Rushed to a hospital far away
in Birmingham.
She fought,
surviving surgery on the brain,
she’s earned the right to live again
and be discharged today,
no martyr to the Taliban.


4th January 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”  A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient.  The Taliban said it shot Malala, a campaigner for girls’ education, for “promoting secularism”.  Malala was returning home from school in the north-western Swat district on 9 October when gunmen stopped her vehicle and shot her in the head and the chest.  Malala Yousafzai, 15, was being treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) after being transferred following the attack in October.  Her love for education, and her courage in standing up to the Taliban, made her an icon of bravery and earned her a national peace award in 2011.


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