By MELISSA CASTILLO
If it weren’t for the technology advances in journalism would we know of Malala Yousafzai?
Would we be able to almost connect with her by watching her speak with such passion about her outrage towards the Taliban’s oppression of women? This is when I am truly grateful for the journalistic powers that have developed over time.
Malala, just 14, is an inspiration to those that suffer her same pain in Pakistan and throughout the world. In addition, she is an inspiration to those, such as myself, who cannot even fathom the difficulties she has to handle practically every day. I’ve complained about school and these girls are desperate for an education.
Although this is something that I should always keep in my mind and always be grateful for, I do tend to forget because of the security of my comfortable life. And it’s really because of journalistic advances, that I can have these reality checks from a girl, braver than me, who is only my younger sister’s age.
I’ve written research papers about the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (the TTP). But it’s one thing to read about their general terrors, and another, more personal matter, to read the words of somebody who receives the worst of the oppression, a girl. One of the ways this is possible is through Malala’s blog she began writing for the BBC in 2009 when she was 11 years old.
Her recent story that has brought her into the spotlight is her defiant behavior towards the Taliban when they closed down the school she attends, again, earlier this month. They shot her in the head and the neck. And she survived. She’s currently in Britain in recovery and has no intention to stop fighting. A common line she has been quoted on saying is “I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”