We Cannot Be Silenced, Abu Dhabi
by: Blaine Skrainka
October 15, 2012
Students show support for Malala Yousufzai outside of the Pakistani Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Just 14 years-old, Malala was targeted by the Taliban for her advocacy of women’s education. They accused the girl of promoting pro-Western values, then shot her in the head and neck. Two of her classmates were hit alongside.
Malala has shown signs of moving her arms and legs, but remains unconscious after surgery to remove a bullet from her brain. Just yesterday, it was said that her chances were “very limited.” After being airlifted to a UK hospital that specializes in brain injury, doctors are now cautiously optimistic that with prolonged care, Malala may yet recover.
The Taliban have threatened to finish the job if the young girl pulls through. In spite of this shameful browbeating, defenders from around the world have stood up and spoken out in solidarity. “Oh Taliban, listen! Malala is not alone, we are with her. You kill one Malala, ten more will emerge!” a Pakistani student told Al Jazeera.