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Protection for Malala Yousufzai


What brave Taliban fighters.

As most of you are probably already aware, the Taliban tried to execute a 14 year old girl in Pakistan by the name of Malala Yousufzai.

They shot her in the head.

She is in a critical condition in hospital but it is hoped she will make a full recovery.

The Taliban, however, have vowed to kill her.

The reason they want her dead is because she wants to go to school.

She’s been actively campaigning for girls to have the right to education since she was 11 years old.

The Taliban don’t believe girls should be educated.

What I would like to know is – what are the Pakistani authorities, police and military doing to protect her?

That’s a genuine question. Is she being provided with round-the-clock security?

If not, why not?

And, without wishing to offend Pakistan’s sovereignty, should a UN security force be sent to the region to protect her?

This isn’t about protecting one child.

It’s about protecting an idea.

An idea a young girl has about moving her country forward.

It’s about protecting this idea from men who live in the Dark Ages.

I welcome any comments and thoughts about what is happening to Malala.

I hope that, one day, there will be a statue of her outside of a girls’ school she has fought so hard to achieve.

It was Gandhi who said: You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Here’s a girl who is doing exactly that.

You can read Malala’s blog by clicking this link.

Alternatively, click on Malala’s image to go to the Amnesty International website.

Malala Yousufzai

Addendum:

A bit of good news – Malala has been airlifted to a hospital in the UK. You can read about it here: https://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/p/3b5bn/tw

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A poem for Remembrance Sunday


If you ever get the chance to go to Edinburgh, you should. It is one of the most beautiful cities on this planet.

Edinburgh Castle

I wrote this poem back in the late nineties on a trip to the Edinburgh Castle War Memorial.

What I was trying to get across was the magnitude of loss we have suffered.

It was first published in the Amnesty International anthology: Human Rights Have No Borders.

ANY NAME YOU COULD POSSIBLY THINK OF.

© David Milligan-Croft

I was reading a book
In the Edinburgh Castle War Memorial.
It was a big fat book
With lots of names in it.
There was a plaque
Above the book which read,
Mons. August, 1914.

Above the plaque
Was a banner; fading
Regimental colours that,
Even now, smelled of gun grease and blood.

Next to the flag
Was another flag. Beneath it
Was a plaque which read,
Marne. September, 1914.
And beneath that,
Was another big fat book.

I strolled around the sombre hall,
Flicking through books as big as tables.
All with foreign names on them: Ypres, Gallipoli,
Jutland, Somme, Dardenelles,
Baghdad, Arras, Flanders, Amiens…

Outside, in the cold November sun,
I lit a cigarette. I bet, I thought to myself,
That any name you could possibly think of,
Would be in one of those books.

Edinburgh Castle War Memorial

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