Pakistani Girl's Moral Courage

Pakistani Girl's Moral Courage

October 21, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


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This month, the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced this year’s recipient – the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

It’s a most worthy group, of course, but I believe there was a more deserving candidate – Malala Yousafzai.

She’s that remarkable 16-year-old Pakistani girl.

At age 11, she was already speaking out, famously asking: “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

A year ago, the Taliban also tried to take away her life, shooting her in the head while she was returning from a school exam.

But, fortunately, she survived, and remains as fearless and determined as ever.

Had she won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, the whole world would have hung on every word of her acceptance speech.

If opportunity and hope are to triumph over oppression, it will only be because of the moral courage of a Malala Yousafzai.

Long may her voice be heard!

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This is David Harris of AJC.