Saturday, October 12, 2013

ABC 20-20 presents Malala Yousafzai, after her miraculous recovery in England from Taliban attack

ABC’s 20-20 presented a special, “The Unbreakable: Just Another Teenage Schoolgirl”, about Malala Yousafzai, the Pashtun girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school.

There is a saying in Pakistan, “A woman’s place is in the home or the grave”.  That quote starts the documentary.
The basic link for the report is here..
The basic biography is here
Malala had started her activism before she was shot, so she was targeted after some time by the Taliban.  Malala even rehearsed how she would reason with her attackers if they came.   She was shot on Oct. 9, 2012,  She did not have her face covered.  The attack is one of the most deliberate in modern history, anywhere.
The documentary describes the medical anomaly with the bullet’s path that enabled her to survive, although apparently deaf in one ear, but then surgery even restored that hearing.  Malala reports a long dream, like a near-death experience.   She was provided a medical plane to fly her to Britain for treatment.  It was not known for a while if she would ever speak again. 

She did not she had been shot at first.  She also feared that her family would have to sell everything they owned to pay for her medical treatment.
Now, education has become compulsory in Pakistan.  The documentary reports a petition signed with thumbprints.  But radical Islam views female education as a threat to fertility and the future survival of a tribe. Diane Sawyer met with fundamentalist women in black burqas.  “Freedom and democracy cannot co-exist with Islam” they said. They say that Islam demands subservience to the creator, not to one’s own desires or goals.  One woman said she is glad she doesn’t have to “compete” in the Western woman when all she wants is to be a mother. 

Malala maintains that knowledge is neither Eastern nor Western.  
Malala’s book “I Am Malala” was published by Little Brown on Oct. 8. 

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