|"We realise the importance of light when we see darkness. We realise the importance of our voice when we are silenced."|
On 10th October 2014, Malala Yousafzi at 17 years old became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she is the co-recipient alongside Kailash Satyarthi an Indian children's rights campaigner. This news filled me with utter joy.
Myself like countless others around the world was horrified by the attack she suffered at the hands of the Taliban. Her easiest option was to shy away from the world and start to live her life again. She chooses not to.
My grandmother taught me nobody has the right to make you do or say anything you don't want to do. She survived the horrors of being displaced from her homeland and placed in a Nazi concentration camp during WWII and as a result of her experiences; she became one of the strongest people I have ever had the honour of knowing. Not everyone has someone in their family they can look to for life guidance. That is why we look to others, and Malala even if she never expected to, fills this role.
In a world where children are still not receiving a proper education alongside life's most basic needs, we must all take a stand and realise the importance of our voice. Although we may shy away from speaking, we must all speak for what we believe in and what we hope to achieve in this world.
Many people say their voice won't be heard, how can one voice change anything? I say Rome wasn't built in a day, by continuing to speak out against what is wrong we will slowly begin to turn the tide of darkness, one voice at a time.
Malala Yousafzi on "The Daily Show"
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