Terrific Tuesday: One Book …


As world leaders debate “should we” or “shouldn’t we” take action against Syria, it is a Pakastani teenager, Malala Yousafzai, who is offering a weapon against terrorism and hatred.

Her weapon of choice? A book.

Malala became an international heroine last year when she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls.

Last week she delivered the opening address for the opening of a new library in Birmingham, England, which is regarded as the largest in Europe. Malala stood in front of the 10-story building, which houses more than 1 million books, and said that “books are the only weapon that can defeat terrorism.”

Malala was sent to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham for specialized surgery and recuperation after her injuries. She and her family now live in the city.

She told the audience, “I will empower myself with knowledge.”

Malala also asked that people not forget the world’s 57 million children who are not in school and “the children of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan who are suffering from terrorism, poverty, child labor and child trafficking. Let us help them to read books and go to school.”

Her powerful talk included inspirational words that have touched the hearts of people everywhere: “And let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”

And, we should add: One courageous teenager!

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