Washington, Oct. 17 (ANI): Special UNHCR envoy and Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie, who was shocked - like many others across the world - at the Taliban attack on 14-year-old Pakistani education activist Malala Yousufzai, has said she felt "compelled" to share the story with her children.
Malala, who earned international fame for raising voice against Taliban oppression in Swat, was shot in the neck and head and two other girls sustained injuries when the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) opened fire on their school van in Swat valley last Tuesday.
Jolie said the attack Malala marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls' education.
"Let this be a lesson-that an education is a basic human right, a right that Pakistan's daughters will not be denied. Across Pakistan, a national movement has emerged to rebuild the schools and recommit to educate all children, including girls. This terrible event marks the beginning of a necessary revolution in girls' education," The Daily Beast quoted Jolie, as saying.
Jolie told her children that girls' education is under threat in Pakistan, Afghanistan and around the world, and that it's time for all to take a stand.
"I felt compelled to share Malala's story with my children. It was difficult for them to comprehend a world where men would try to kill a child whose only "crime" was the desire that she and others like her be allowed to go to school," Jolie said.
"Malala's story stayed with them throughout the day, and that night they were full of questions. We learned about Malala together, watching her interviews and reading her diaries," Jolie added.
A National Peace award winner, Malala became the voice of all the girls in Swat when she began maintaining a diary on the website of the BBC under the pen name of "Gul Makai" at the age of 11.
"The following morning, the news showed pictures of children across Pakistan holding up Malala's picture at vigils and demonstrations, and praying in schools. My son worried that girls were going to be shot for standing up for Malala. I told him that they were aware of the danger, but publicly supporting her reflects how much Malala means to them. Malala's courage reminded all Pakistanis how important an education is," Jolie further said.
Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children, she added. (ANI)