There is no beauty greater than intellect


“I raise my voice not so that I can shout,”  Malala Yousafzai said, “but so that those without a voice can be heard.”

In awe of her commitment to education for every child; in awe of the beauty of her intellect, courage, activism, and boundless energy, I’ve been a Malala devotee for years.

She began her activism early. When she was 11 her father, a school teacher, took her to a local press club in Peshawar, Pakistan to protest government school closings. There she gave her first speech, “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education,” which was publicized throughout Pakistan and got the attention not only of the nation but of the Pakistani Taliban who opposed education for girls.

Robert Azzi

I remember being shocked hearing a news report, on October 9, 2012, that a Pakistani Taliban gunman had targeted and shot a 15-year-old Malala as she rode home on a school bus after sitting for an exam in Swat Valley. 

According to press reports the gunman shouted: “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all… She must be punished.”

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