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Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014

Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014
(Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development / Published under the Open Government Licence v1.0)

This Friday, I was happy to see that Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai won this year’s Peace Nobel Prize, together with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.

Judging from the media echo, pretty much everybody all over the world seemed to feel similarly – the exception being Pakistan (of all places, since it is Malala’s home country). I encountered quite a bit of nasty criticism of the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision, including the utterly despicable hashtag #IHateMala. You can find some examples in this article on India’s dna website: „Instead of Malala Yousafzai, give Nobel Peace Prize to Abdul Sattar Edhi, say Pakistanis“.

You may say: „Okay, but that’s an Indian website – India has an … ahem … special relationship with Pakistan!“. dna did nothing but quote Twitter posts (aka tweets) by Pakistanis – some of whom are not lone crazies but have quite a few followers.

I addressed some of them. With the exception of Mehki, the Tigress of IK:-) (see below), they weaseled away from answering my questions:

No reply. (But I am selling an „e“. 😉 )

No reply.

No reply.

I appreciate the fact that Mehki made the effort of discussing Malala with me.

But I am sorry to say that I consider such conversations pretty much a waste of time as soon as I encounter the dumb term „zionist agenda“:

I asked Mehki many times whether she actually read „I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban“. She never gave a clear answer.

The Tigress also posted this:
Mehki seems to have deleted many of the tweets she sent my way last night – along with the picture which was part of the above tweet (which is why most of her tweets just appear as text, without working links). But I found the pic in the tweet of an anti-semitic fool:

Malala did *not* say the above anywhere in her book. When I asked Mehki if she knew when and where Malala supposedly made the above statement, she suddenly turned quiet – just like the above correspondents.

She also did not reply to this tweet:

Another silly misconception is Malala’s supposed sympathy for Barack Obama’s policies:

The truth:

Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration’s use of drones, saying they are „fueling terrorism.“

„I thanked President Obama for the United States‘ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,“ Yousafzai said in a statement published by the Associated Press. „I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.

Published here: Malala Yousafzai meets with the Obamas in the Oval Office

Malala Yousafzai Oval Office

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, in the Oval Office, Oct. 11, 2013.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza/© U.S. Government)

Dear Malala haters, I understand that a precocious teen may be unnerving at times.

But if you are convinced that Malala’s portrayal of Pakistan in her book is erroneous (or that she resp. her father is a CIA agent – another claim I repeatedly hear), please present concrete evidence!

For further reading

The Malaysian Insider: Malala becomes lightning rod for anger over neglect of her hometown

Many residents looked askance at the procession, pointing out that even as leaders paid lip service to Malala’s education drive, they were allowing schools in her hometown to crumble under government neglect and continued military occupation.

„This obviously makes people unhappy. If the government did its job, people wouldn’t have to hate Malala. They feel abandoned,“ said Ahmed Shah, Malala’s former teacher and a close friend of her father.

The Express Tribune: International Day of the Girl Child: As Pakistan toasts Malala’s win, activists plead for introspection

Pakistan has emerged as 113th of 120 countries in a global literacy ranking. The rate of female literacy among young women is 61 per cent, as compared with 79 per cent for males of the same age. Moreover, more than 40 per cent of girls who drop out of schools do not re-enroll. In many rural areas, as schools are located at a distance, families remain hesitant to allow their girls to commute. Some cannot afford the cost of the commute.

The Guardian: Malala Yousufzai: the pride of Pakistan, but she can’t go home

Amid the celebrations over Malala’s Nobel prize, the threat from the Taliban is still too great for her to return

Al Jazeera: Malala and Nabila: worlds apart

The translator broke down in tears while recounting their [Nabila Rehman’s family’s] story, but the government made it a point to snub this family and ignore the tragedy it had caused to them. Nabila, a slight girl of nine with striking hazel eyes, asked a simple question in her testimony: „What did my grandmother do wrong?“ There was no one to answer this question, and few who cared to even listen. Symbolic of the utter contempt in which the government holds the people it claims to be liberating, while the Rehmans recounted their plight, Barack Obama was spending the same time meeting with the CEO of weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

It is useful to contrast the American response to Nabila Rehman with that of Malala Yousafzai, a young girl who was nearly assassinated by the Pakistani Taliban. While Malala was feted by Western media figures, politicians and civic leaders for her heroism, Nabila has become simply another one of the millions of nameless, faceless people who have had their lives destroyed over the past decade of American wars.

Kailash Satyarthi

Let’s not forget about Malala’s co-winner. Here is a video by Kailash Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan. It states that everyday in India, „almost forty girls under the age of fifteen, are forced into prostitution. This film suggests a simple way by which we can help stop this inhuman practice.“

Written by Peter Jebsen

13. Oktober 2014 um 13:31

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