Be thankful to live where you can voice your dreams.
Supporters of Pakistani political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), chant prayers in support of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, who was shot on Tuesday by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, at the (MQM)' headquarter in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. Pakistani doctors successfully removed a bullet Wednesday from the neck of a 14-year-old girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out in support of education for women, a government minister said.
All parents should sit down with their children at least once this week and talk to them about Malala Yousafzai. As a young girl living in Pakistan, Malala advocated the importance of an education and said that she wanted to one day be a doctor. Three years later, at just 14 years old, she has a bullet in her head from the Taliban, and has been fighting for her life.
In America, whether a child wants to be a teacher, a professional baseball player, or a doctor like Malala, that child has nothing to fear when they tell others of their dreams. In fact, that child would not even consider the possibility of being in harm's way. American children must realize how lucky they are to live in a country where they are free to voice their dreams.
Malala dared to do just that. It would be unfair to her not to recognize how brave she is and how foul our world can be. So please, take the time to share Malala's story. It is the epitome of continued injustice in the world. Americans are lucky to not have to deal with this injustice.
SHEA BRENNAN, EDEN PRAIRIE