Letters to Malala
October 2, 2013
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You are such a huge inspiration. Thank you for standing up for such an important cause. I think you are such a strong person and you give so many people inspiration to not be afraid to speak up for what they believe in.
I am so proud of what you have accomplished in your life! I really admire your courage and strength to speak out against the Taliban. At 15, I do not know if I would have the guts to go against a group so powerful like the Taliban. I am glad that you moved past the Taliban incident and want to promote a better way of life for others. I, along with others at my school, believe in your cause and want to be a part of it. Your movement inspires me, as I also believe that everyone should have a right to education. In my opinion, you speak very articulately and you deserved to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I wish you luck, happiness and prosperity in the rest of your life!
Your story left millions of people across the globe in shock and in awe. I have become truly inspired by the struggles you have endured and your ability to fight back against injustice. Thank you for bringing widespread attention to the inequality of the Taliban and their oppression of women.
My peers and I are shocked as we prepare for college that there are young girls all over the world who do not even have the access to basic education. I am saddened to know that many students take the benefits of education for granted. The next time I groan about school I promise I will remember you and your cause in order to help me appreciate my privileges of education. I never realized that there are people who value education as much as you do. You have helped show the world how determination and courage make a dream become a reality. In your interviews I was struck at how outspoken and intelligent you are. At 16, you are wise beyond your years. As you provide more truth and logic than thousands of adults, I can only hope to achieve your outstanding maturity and intelligence as I grow older.
To me, what makes you a truly remarkable hero is your ability to make change through peace, despite the violence and hate you have grown up with. Even though you have been growing up in an area surrounded by violence and oppression, you maintain your human dignity and refuse to allow yourself to fight with violence. You amaze me. You bring a symbol of strength and courage to not just women but to all humans as well. I think everyone can learn something from you and your persistence. Thank you for all you have done.
Your unique understanding of the world is truly inspiring. We wanted to thank you for using your voice to let the world know that anyone can make a difference. Your bravery and perseverance to make a change in the world shows us that people of any age can get their ideas and beliefs heard. Knowing that someone who is the same age as we are makes us see the world in a new light and appreciate all of the little things in life. Although the tragedy you were forced to endure was heartbreaking, you continued to spread your beliefs with courage and grace. We hope that your message continues to be heard and we want you to know that we support you and believe in you and your cause. Never stop trying to reach new heights because we all know that you will be a hero now and forever.
Talia Plachta and Sami Delvari
The Courier wants to thank you. The words you speak and actions you make would be phenomenal for a grown woman, let alone a 16-year-old. You did and continue to do stand up for the equal treatment of women. Thank you for standing up for our rights to attend school to ensure we have a future and a voice, despite our gender. Your strength and courage shows us the extent to which our intelligence and power as young women can go. I will never give up my voice because you never did, even when faced by terror and opposition. I am thankful for my education and for you, Malala. I cannot thank you enough. You inspire and have already forever left your mark.