Readers Write: Pakistani girl a role model for all


Malala Yousafzai a true hero who was shot in the head by a Taliban extremist in Pakistan, spoke at the United Nations on July 12. 

At 16 she surely is a remarkable teen who was shot for promoting education for girls in third world countries and yet spoke of peace.

I saw excerpts of her speech and had a lump in my throat trying to hold back a tear as I listen to her hopes, dreams and aspirations for herself and all girls worldwide. 

She moved me when she said, “Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” 

I applaud Yousafzai for her courage and tenacious spirit to bring about change. 

Yousafzai is a true role model. 

Now she is the youngest to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

I feel that is a remarkable achievement for a remarkable young girl who will be a remarkable woman and will accomplish much.


Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village


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