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Malala at the UN: My soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

Malala at the UN: My soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

Malala Yousufzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani education activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in October 2012, spoke to the Youth Assembly of the United Nations today. It was her first public address since she was shot in the head last fall. Her text, which includes the following excerpt, is here. She said:

Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorists group. I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child. I want education for the sons and the daughters of all the extremists especially the Taliban.

I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me. I would not shoot him. This is the compassion that I have learnt from Muhammad-the prophet of mercy, Jesus christ and Lord Buddha. This is the legacy of change that I have inherited from Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the philosophy of non-violence that I have learnt from Gandhi Jee, Bacha Khan and Mother Teresa. And this is the forgiveness that I have learnt from my mother and father. This is what my soul is telling me, be peaceful and love everyone.

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tgflux

Ban Ki Moon may have just introduced his (in not too many years!) successor. 🙂

JC Fisher

Adam Spencer

St. Paul wrote that, “God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are…” And it looks like God also chose this incredibly strong, compassionate, wise, brave young woman to preach light and peace to a world with too much darkness and violence in it; a world in desperate need of heroes like her.

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