Malala Yousafzai

The Taliban shot a 14-year old Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai because she wanted to go to school and because she condemned Taliban atrocities. Events like this are commonplace in Afghanistan and Pakistan, perpetrated by fundamentalist Muslims of all stripes. Why did this event catch the public imagination and cause such outrage, especially in Pakistan? We had a name, a photo, a bit of history and details of the attack. We also had the suspense of wondering if she would survive. It was media coverage that did it. Why then did the media give this story so much more weight? I very glad they have, but I wonder why it took so long.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)