Friday, 29 March 2013

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the face at point blank range, by a Taliban gunman in the Pakistani region of Swat has just signed a $3 million (£2 million) book deal with publishers Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

The book, titled 'I am Malala', is scheduled for publication in the autumn. She says, "I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to education. I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education. I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right."

The 10th of November has been designated by the United Nations as Malala Day. This is a day I will never fail to observe.

The remarkable story of this young girl, her struggles against the odds, the attempt on her life, her recovery and reconstructive surgery, and return to education, now in Birmingham (England) is awe-inspiring. Read all about it here

Malala's story is so far removed from those children, egged on by self-serving politicians and a virulent champagne socialist press, who DEMAND £30 a week just to turn up to school. 

Of course, they're not going to hang their collective heads in shame. We don't do shame in this country any more. We just do 'entitlements'.

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