For the last couple of years, I’ve been sharing this NY Times report with my journalism students. It’s about a town in the Swat valley of Pakistan taken over by the Taliban. The extremists have announced that girls are no longer allowed to go to school and will be shot if they try. The video is compelling journalism and raises an important issue for its audience — my Muslim students in the United Arab Emirates were particularly shaken by it:
I hope they all realize that the girl who cries while talking about her desire to get an education has become quite well known. Malala Yousafzai is recovering from gunshot wounds received in a Taliban attack. I pray she recovers fully and her outspoken position won’t be in vain.