Why Malala was lucky (because the Taliban shot her…)

Malala Yousafzai

How many of you heard the story of Malala? If you did, how would you describe her? Probably as “The young woman who was shot by the Taliban because of promoting educational rights for women”, correct? But she wasn’t the only one who was shot by the Taliban because of promoting some sort of humanitarian life. In fact if you read her book you would see how many people were targeted by the Taliban before Malala was shot, and they’re quite a few.

I think that in order to understand why Malala was the only one who entered the international eye after the Taliban shot her is to examine a similar story, the story of Rosa Parks.

Ok, let’s try again: how would you describe Rosa Parks? As the “woman who got into jail because she sat on a chair meant for white people in the bus and refused to sit on the chairs meant for black people”? Well yeah that’s true to, but she wasn’t the only one. During these days many were sentenced to go to jail because of the same thing Rosa Parks did do.

So what is the reason? Why did Malala and Rosa Parks get into the international eye while a few before them didn’t?

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks wasn’t a random individual. She wasn’t the kind of person who would go on a rally for black people and end her day there. Rosa Parks had strong connection with a lot of people in the city. Rosa Parks helped in charity work, went to the church and met people and had strong relationship with her neighbors. She was the kind of person who every one in town knew about because she seemed to be everywhere. So at 6 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 1955, when the police arrested her, this news traveled everywhere. Within an hour everyone in town knew about her and because she had strong connections with people, they didn’t just passively accept these news, they went on a rally two.

And that’s about the same thing that happened to Malala. Malala was known by everyone. She became a nation award from the president even before she was shot. People all over the world heard of her because she wrote a diary in the BBC and made a documentary in the New York Times. So when she got shot, all of the officers in the country came to visit her. She wasn’t just someone who shouted for women rights, she fought and believed in human rights, and because of her young age, many media stations shared the story. This is how Malala became the Malala we know today.

So what do we learn from that? Maybe that “you should make strong connection with people”? True but not any connections. You should fight for a world you believe in even when your voice doesn’t seem to be heard. Here is a quote from Rosa Parks: “People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” and here is a quote from Malala: “Traditions are not sent from heaven, they are not sent from God. It is we who make cultures and we have the right to change it and we should change it.

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