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Poem: A Pakistan Story

A Pakistan Story

Of all turmoil in this troubled world,
my heart sinks learning of Malala.

For three years she wrote a diary about
loving school: language, history, algebra.

This galled the enemy. They believe women
changing, learning, working, is anathema.

In Swat Valley the enemy rules, destroyed
200 schools, following their formula

for preventing females from learning.
But Malala refuses to be incognita—

this bold beautiful teen declares she’ll go
to school, and waves goodbye to grandmama.

Malala holds her head high, called
to be a leader, not a pariah.

Now they’ve shot you, lovely daughter. I cry
and pray for your shining recovery, brave Malala.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Ending Violence Against Women Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring an end to gender-based violence. The EVAW Campaign elicits powerful content from women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as vocal grassroots leaders, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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cmphung's picture


Thank you for sharing this. Malala is a very very strong girl. I am so very proud of her, to stand up for herself and for young girls around the world. Education and human dignity are fundamental rights that we all need to stand up for. It is cowardly that men would shoot a girl because of her beliefs.

Keep writing and helping to spread the word. You are also making a contribution.


Charlene Phung MPH

WorldCare's picture

Courage for girls

Hello Charlene,
thank you for responding. Yes, we must work in every way to allow ALL girls to get full years of education, so that they can contribute their fine knowledge, education and expertise to their country.

Angela Kintu's picture

Beautiful poem, heartbreaking story

Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of writing, as well as the idea behind it. I hope one day all girls can be allowed to go to school all over the world and it will be as normal as breathing in and out.

Be blessed,


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