Malala Yousafzai By, Tucker Mullinix

Challenge:

Malala Yousafzai is a 19 year old from Pakistan. She was born July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. Malala' father, Ziauddin, highly valued education. He valued education so much that he ran a school adjunct to their home. In 2009 Malala began to write a blog for the BBC with a different name. She wrote about how she felt that her school was threatened. Also in 2009 the Taliban forced Ziauddin to close down his school. Even after the school closed Malala kept speaking out about women's education rights. They received many death threats but didn't back down. The place where Malala and her family lived had to be evacuated because of the Taliban. So Malala' father went to a different city to protest and Malala was sent to stay with relatives where she stayed pretty bored. When she was finally able to come home she kept doing her blogs about education rights. Later she did a documentary about standing up for women's education rights in which her name was revealed. This was very courageous because her name was out there now and people could try to kill her. This affected her family because now they were known too and they were living knowing that people could come for them and kill them. She continued going to school knowing that the Taliban was most likely formulating a plan to either kill or capture her.

Courageous Act:

Even though Malala wasn't even supposed to be going to school she was courageous and didn't conform and went ahead to school. She was also very courageous for doing her blog because she was showing others what was right when the Taliban didn't want them to think that. One day Malala was with two of her friends riding the bus home from school and a masked gunman entered the bus. He asked for Malala to stand. She could've just sat there and let the others on the bus die because she didn't stand, but she had the courage to stand up for what was right. When she stood the gunman shot her three times and hit her in the left side of her head on one of the shots. She was motivated to stand up for this because she believed that women should have rights to education as well. Malala survived the attack but it took many months in the hospital and over week after the attack to wake up from her coma. Malala sacrificed a lot to stand up for what she believed in. She mainly sacrificed the safety of her family and herself because even after the attack their might be more attempts to take her life because she had survived the first assasination attempt. The outcome of the attempt to overcome the challenge resulted in Malala getting shot in the head but she pulled through. I guess it was worth it because she ended up not dying and she still was a living sign of women's rights and education.

Reflection:

Malala's story is one that is very inspiring to me. Her story is inspiring to me because it shows me that I don't need to conform to the ways of the world or what anyone tells me I have to be. It shows me I can stand up for what I believe in and do what I think is right. I can apply this to my own life for when people try to like shut one of my ideas down or tell me I can't do something, I know I can stand up for what I believe in and have the courage to do it. A life lesson I can learn learn from Malala's story is not to be scared to do what I believe in. I think Malala's story is one that will be remembered for a long time.

Sources:

https://www.malala.org/malalas-story

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2014/yousafzai-bio.html

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