Malala Yousafzai: Refugee Girls Across the World Remain Hopeful

Source: Time

May 12, 2017
Malala Yousafzai is an education activist from Pakistan.

On May 13, Yousafzai will become one of five recipients of the 2017 International Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. NECO writes that the award is meant to “recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.” While Yousafzai will not be able to attend the ceremony, she wrote the letter below to the coalition and its chairman, Nasser J. Kazeminy.

Dear Mr. Kazeminy and National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations,

Thank you for honoring me with the prestigious 2017 International Ellis Island Medal of Honor award. I am sorry I could not be with you for your ceremony, but I am still in secondary school and preparing for my final exams. However, even from thousands of miles away, I am proud to be in the company of my fellow 2017 recipients whose achievements as innovators and humanitarians are incredible gifts to the United States and our world.

Ellis Island was known as an “Island of Hope” for thousands of immigrants and refugees who journeyed to America for a chance at a new life. Today it stands as a reminder of a spirit of welcome for people in need, as well as the contributions of generations of immigrants and refugees. I wholeheartedly applaud NECO for its work to uphold these values.

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  1. I being a Educator and a British Pakistan, I can truly say that this is all Propaganda against true ISLAM. I am proud to be Muslim and Taliban were never against girls education, but being a Muslim one cannot bare that Islamic Laws are being mocked by Malala Yousafzai. Malala is against many Islamic Laws.She is against Face Veil of Muslim Ladies.She writes it in her book. So Don t judge Malala by praising her.Read the book first then You will know the reality and enmity she holds against Islam.

    This grand exhibition of Malala by the west is simply their way of telling the world…..”this is what we are going to nurture for the coming years to control the new Pakistani generation”. It does not take an idiot to realize that they are simply nurturing western puppet who would then enter Pakistani politics with boats loads of cash and other assets from the west to win in Pakistani politics to simply do the west’s bidding.

    This happened before, they are doing it again, and we are still stuck with the same primitive mind set akin to sheep. I heard the real reason Malala was shot was not about education but was because TTP thought she talking against them. Malala is just a tool. Everybody knows Islam is for girl’s education. Go to Saudi Arabia, and see hoe much they did for girl’s education.

    The bullet that Malala took was from TTP (CIA sponsored group) and Malala is also a West sponsored “agent in the making”. Someone explain to me as to how a common school girl of Swat; where almost all students speak sub-standard English; at the age of 14 can write exceptional English which resulted in the Daily Diary that Malala used to write during the TTP occupation of the city? This diary that has ever since been so heavily sponsored by western media that it was almost obvious as to their agenda.

    There are numerous people in Pakistan fighting for human rights and women rights and gay and lesbian rights for ages and all having their bits of success. Why haven’t they been picked up as a role model? Many have even dies for such rights. What about them? What makes Malala so unique? Is the bullet they intended to plant in her brain???

    Its a big game and she is the star puppet that is to be used so as to control Pakistan. I see it happening at least 10-15 years down the line. Malala is just a tool, 4 months from now people will forget her and nobody will care.

    The Pakistani Taliban Thursday said teenage activist Malala Yousafzai had done “nothing” to deserve a prestigious EU rights award and vowed to try again to kill her. I still stand firm regarding Malala and the brain-washing machinery set forth by the west to condition us into accepting Malala as a potential alternative in Pakistani politics sometime down the line in 10-15-20 years from now. I just hope that smart people don’t fall for this scam but rather rally up and make sure she does not pave the future of our country without excessive scrutiny. I am not against Malala…she can continue to have share of fights for girls education in Pakistan…so long as she keeps her western compatriots at bay.

    The European Parliament awarded the Sakharov human rights prize to the 16-year-old, who has become a global ambassador for the right of all children to go to school since surviving a Taliban murder attempt.

    Malala survived being shot in the head by a TTP gunman on October 9 last year and is seen as a leading contender for the Nobel Peace prize, to be announced on Friday. Malala is turning into a nuisance . Its high time this drama queen and her puppet show is done away with. TTP can kill a dozen policeman yet miss a 16yr old at point blank.
    No amount of spin doctoring/ deductive logic /sugar coating / patronizing / soft imaging the Malala story will change the core fact :-

    1) of nearly 50,000 killed, injured , maimed in TTP attacks , why Malala ?

    2) whose paying for her treatment, her travel expenses, her speeches at UN , who is the PR ‘team’ that’s training her to talk in front of the world..

    3) why she is pushing the western agenda, her BS book ( probably written by someone else and financed by the same ppl ) quotes the satanic verses and calls general zia ‘ugly ‘

    I’m sorry, but this Malala drama is full of loop holes..

    “She has done nothing. The enemies of Islam are awarding her because she has left Islam and has became secular,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.

    “She is getting awards because she is working against Islam. Her struggle against Islam is the main reason of getting these awards.”

    He repeated the TTP’s threat — made numerous times in recent months — try again to kill Malala, “even in America or the UK.”

    Malala and moved to Britain in the wake of the shooting for treatment and to continue her education in safety. Feted by world leaders and celebrities for her courage, Malala has addressed the UN, this week published an autobiography, and could become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate on Friday.

    Her autobiography “I am Malala,” written with journalist Christina Lamb, has gone on sale in Pakistan and Shahid warned the Taliban would target bookshops stocking it.

    “Malala is the enemy of Islam and Taliban and she wrote this book against Islam and Taliban,” he said.

    My father went to Quaid-e-Azam university in Islamabad more than four decades ago. He said at that time there were between 20-30 girls in the class and about 3 or 4 boys. I visited a few universities in Pakistan in 2010, and majority of students were girls. My village is in a very remote part of northern Pakistan, and all girls in my village go to school without any problem. There are many problems in Pakistan, but girls not being able to get an education is not one of them.

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