Living Pakistan/Malala and “Aquafan” effect


Malala Yousafzai was hit in the face by two Taliban bullets while she was in the bus, back home from school. The event, without doubt dramatic, it has become a case, as was that of Amina, the Nigerian sentenced to stoning for adultery and then pardoned because of the global campaign in his favor, which fortunately saved her life, now almost ten years ago. Malala was taken to UK and rescued and in the meantime media were working on the case. The Taliban as well were “working” on it, because by the time they changed their means of communication by helping to create a new narrative of war. Seizing the opportunity that the attention around the girl has created, they wrote an open letter regretting the incident and justifying it, essentially by the fact that the girls shouldn’t go to school right there, or at least they should opt for madrassas.

Malala was taken under the wing of the American government and the Obama family (a Nobel Peace Prize he was going to support another one) under the other wing, the father’s one, so the girl continued her battle for the right of girls and boys to education, not only in Pakistan. The same government that already year ago launched a plan for education, and it is supported massively by donors in the sector, sponsors Malala fully. This is an excellent opportunity: funding, visibility  and a helping hand towards the representation of a country that is not just violence and terrorism.

Malala, along the Indian Kailash Satyarthi (involved in the fight against child labor), won the Nobel Peace Prize. And they now hope that the ceremony in Stockholm will see also the two PM of the respective States, always engaged in a conflict without end. Double blow for jurors therefore Stockholm: encourage commitment to support children and create a symbolic bridge between Pakistan and India.

Now, there’s no doubt that Pakistan is one of the countries where the rate of illiteracy and lack of access to education affects about 74% of the population (mostly women and children); seen that the rate of fertility (5.4%), schools are not enough; that although the courageous reform of the education sector needs years,  because there are no visible results on a large scale. And above all, the cultural tradition of repressive and sexist, fundamentalist and violent despite the many voices of dissent, it makes girls predestined victims of early marriages, bloody abortions, honor killings, hunger, unemployment, ignorance.

But what of Malala has been the instrumental use of an underage girl, which I think would have done better a rest out of the news, rather than to be launched on the international stage. In his name there is already a foundation and political parties in Pakistan as the PPP (Bhutto’s family brand) already have begun the race to make her jump on the bandwagon of the next election. The Nobel Malala, that takes nothing away from his courage, his freshness and combativeness, obscures the daily work of many activists who for years in Pakistan are fighting for the rights of women and girls, to which the newspapers devote precisely a focus of paper. Women who can not even get a visa to attend a meeting in Europe or the United States, which have gray hair and work in the Cholistan desert or on the mountains of Gilgit & Baltistan, to give lessons to boys and girls of the communities at borders with India and China, for the adult literacy, to ensure that the girls are not exchanged between families. It is an obscure work, in fact, unfairly out of the spotlight.

Malala and been hit by the “Aquafan”, means she have happened to a series of unfortunate coincidences for her fortuitous for others, such as when you’re at a water park and slide more fast of the other because just the slide has more water. But it’s just a case. Sometimes it should be awarded to the multitudes, like the women of Kobane, the transgender activists from Pakistan, the mothers of Gaza.