Malala Yousafzai Is the Perfect Role Model for My Daughter -- God Help Her Poor Mother (VIDEO)

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malala yousafzaiI've been trying to imagine how I would feel if I were Malala Yousafzai's mother, and the image I keep coming back to is one from the churches of my childhood: A sorrowful Virgin Mary at the foot of the cross, her only son a martyr. Because it doesn't matter that Malala survived that Taliban bullet to the head, she is still, in the truest sense of the word, a martyr: She knowingly and willingly put herself in danger for the sake of others. For the common good. At this moment, in critical condition with severe cerebral edema, Malala is Christ crucified. And she is only 14 years old.

My own daughter is 11 years old, the same age as Malala when she posted her diary as a blog on the BBC’s Web site, revealing the Taliban’s horrific acts against women as they destroyed girls’ schools. How would I feel if my daughter followed the same path, becoming a true political activist before the end of puberty? The answer is complicated.

I would, of course, feel fiercely proud. And astonished. And humbled and inspired and about a million other things, but more than anything, I think I would feel absolute, bone-chilling terror. To my very core.

Because she is my daughter. And when I look at her, what do I see? I see unlimited potential, yes. I see a human being who is capable of changing the world. But I also see my beautiful little girl. And if anybody ever shot her in the head I would lose my fucking mind.

Maybe that makes me a coward. Maybe it makes me selfish. I don't know if I care, as long as my child is safe. All I know is that my heart bleeds for Malala's mother. And I hope to god I'm never in her position.

Can you imagine being Malala Yousafzai's mother right now?

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NatAndCo NatAndCo

Apparently the Taliban is still vowing to kill her... Its amazing how afraid they are of a little girl.

cecil... cecilmansmom

Malala is Christ crucified


uhhhhhhhhhhhhh nope there is only one Christ

kelti... kelticmom

Cecilmansmom, if you had read the entire paragraph in context, she was not saying Malala is Christ. She was thinking back to an ephigy of Mary at the foot of the cross, seeing her Son, a martyr and comparing that to how Malala's mom must feel. Calm down.

fave82 fave82

Seriously, nowhere does she actually call the girl Christ. I thought it was a beautiful sentiment and honestly, i was more prepared to see a bunch of comments from the left criticizing her even mentioning Jesus. Siiigh, instead here comes a hot headed Christian prepared to give the rest of us a bad name. Thanks cecilsmom!

puasa... puasaurusrex

What a beautiful, strong young lady. I hope she survives this and any other attack. She can give others hope.

bills... billsfan1104

Keltic, I read it as the author calling her Christ. I reread the paragraph and it say that she is Christ crucified. She also compared her mother to the Virgin Mary. At least that is how I read it.

bills... billsfan1104

I hope she pulls through.

kelti... kelticmom

She clearly said that she tried to imagine how her mother must be feeling and remembered a statue if Mary at the cross, looking at her only son, a martyr. She was comparing the grief and anguish of that mother to what Mary must have felt. Ever hear the term "Christ like figure"? It's someone who is innocent and gives their life for a greater cause. Which is Malala. The author was not trying to be blasphemous or sacrilegious.

Marcella Shambles

Yeah, I don't get the Christ thing, but what ever.  The point is this girl is 14 and in a shit position and while part of me is proud of her and her parents for raising/being such a strong girl, the other part is like WTF? She is just a child, who uses a child as a figure head for something that is obviously so dangerous.  May she recover and be forever protected and have a long, happy, healthy life

cmjaz cmjaz

Marcella, I don't think anyone is 'using' her (except the taliban to teach women 'their place'). From all the stories I've read, this is something she decided she must do. By herself. Sometimes I wish the Seals could just sweep in and take her and her family somewhere safe. That's just fantasy, of course, but I have a feeling this girl would probably refuse to go anyway. She's on a crusade and she's said that she's not backing down. I'm terrified for her and her family.

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