Malala Yousufzai is celebrating her 16th birthday today. She’s a kid, and she should have spent her young life in school, making friends and doing normal teenage stuff. Instead, she was shot in the head by Taliban extremists for the crime of wanting to go to school. And today, she’s speaking up (again) for girls around the world in a speech to the UN:
“Here I stand, just one girl among many. I speak so those without voice can be heard,” she told the UN audience, adding everyone has the “right to live in peace and to be treated with dignity.”
She recalled the day she was shot on a school bus on Oct. 9, 2012.
“They shot my friends, too. They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed, and out of that silence came thousands of voices.”
The teen also said she will not be stopped from speaking out in support of human rights.
“The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.
“I’m not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak for the right of education for every child,” she said.
Not much else to say except #hero.
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