To the Journal editor:
The term hero is used by most people to describe their perception of another person, or on occasion even an animal, which has acted in an exceptional manner for the well-being of others.
One of my heroes is a 15 year-old Pakistani girl whose name is Malala Yousufzas. Since the age of 11, Malala has placed herself in danger with the Taliban by campaigning for women's rights, particularly in regard to furthering their education. She has publicized, as well as appeared on media outlets, to voice her opposition to female oppression.
The Taliban feels that her activity is in violation of Islamic Shiria law, and that she is promoting "Western" thinking. And this in a country where in many places the female literacy rate is below 3 percent.
Recently, a van in which Malala and other schoolgirls were riding was stopped by the Taliban where they attempted to silence her by shooting her in the head and neck. She survived their cowardly attack, and is currently being treated at a hospital in England. And as if one failed attack wasn't enough, they are suspected of trying to eliminate her a second time within the hospital. Although their plan was thwarted, they have vowed to continue their attempts.
As they should, a large percentage of the Pakistani people have united in order to protest the assault on this young girl. The Taliban has responded by warning media outlets not to report on the event, or to support these people. It's my hope that these protestations will not only continue, but will proliferate to other countries as well.
Malala Yousufzas is not only a hero, but should be a role model for children and adults across the world. I wish her a full recovery, and a long a peaceful life.