Malala in­spires with Har­vard visit

Boston Herald - - OPINION -

There was a real hero among us in the Bay State on Thurs­day when No­bel Prize lau­re­ate Malala Yousafzai vis­ited Har­vard Univer­sity, where she was awarded the 2018 Gleits­man Award from Har­vard’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment.

Yousafzai was merely a child her­self when she came to promi­nence as an ac­tivist in Pak­istan af­ter the Tal­iban took control of her vil­lage and pro­hib­ited girls from at­tend­ing school.

She spoke out pub­licly and loudly at a time when few oth­ers would.

In Oc­to­ber 2012, an as­sas­sin boarded her school bus and de­manded, “Who is Malala?” He then shot her in the head.

Mirac­u­lously, she re­cov­ered and re­turned to fight­ing for her cause. She later founded the non­profit Malala Fund to sup­port her work.

Yousafzai is now 21 and a stu­dent at Ox­ford Univer­sity. We are hum­bled by this in­spi­ra­tional hero.

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