Taliban Not Above Shooting Children

The Taliban in Pakistan has attempted to assassinate one of their most fervent critics, a 14-year-old girl who writes a blog and wants to go to school.

Malala Yousafzai has been writing Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl for the BBC’s Urdu-language website since she was 11, describing the difficulty in being a girl who wants an education in the heavily Taliban-control Swat region of Pakistan. You can read some of it that’s been translated to English. It’s incredibly powerful stuff.

She is alive. According to doctors, the bullet she was shot with on her way home from school missed her brain and she’ll be recovering. However, the Taliban, proud of shooting at a teenaged girl, as sworn to finish the job. And considering they control the area, they will keep trying until they succeed.

My thoughts are with this brave and articulate girl, and I’m trying to find a story in my mind where the monsters who are determined to kill her don’t eventually win.