Angelina Jolie, special envoy for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, in Iraq in September.(Photo: Hadi Mizban AP)
Recovering in a British hospital, the Pakistani teenager shot by the
Taliban last week for her outspokenness is probably not aware of it, but
Angelina Jolie is speaking out in her defense, even suggesting her for
the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Jolie took to The Daily Beast today to
describe how the story of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who was nearly
assassinated last week by a Taliban hitman while she was riding her
school bus, shocked the movie-star mom into sharing the story with her
six kids as a lesson in the power of an education.
were as baffled as the rest of the world, including most in Pakistan,
about why adult men would attack a girl who spoke out in favor of
education for girls.
"It was difficult for them to comprehend a
world where men would try to kill a child whose only 'crime' was the
desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school," Jolie
wrote in her essay, under the headline "We are all Malala."
Jolie said she told her children that some men are frightened by girls like Malala because "education is a powerful thing."
was shot in the head. After surgery in Pakistan and a period of
stabilization, she was airlifted to the UK this week and was said to be
responding well to treatment in a hospital in Birmingham. Because she is
so young, her brain may recover more fully from the injury than if she
had been an adult.
In the meantime, Jolie wrote, her story is inspiring millions around the world.
girls across Pakistan stand up to say 'I am Malala,' they do not stand
alone," she wrote. "Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to
rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including
girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution
in girls' education."
And as the Nobel committee meets to discuss
the annual award of the Peace Prize, she wrote, "I imagine brave Malala
will be given serious consideration."