15 Year Old Muslim Teen Gives Speech in Birmingham: "Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism."
Maybe not an Austin story, but North Austin is an international community, and
I believe Malala Yousafzai's words speak to all of us.
"Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to begin with my personal story. In
my school in Swat, I was considered to be a good obedient student and I also
used to get top marks in my class. Apart from my school text books I read
nine books from the library.
"I thought I did a great job in my whole 15 years of life. But last year, seven days after the incident that I faced, I was brought here to Birmingham for further treatment. When I was discharged from the hospital, I was introduced to this new society, which is different from our society in Pakistan, in many ways.
"Here people tell me that they have read hundreds of books. It does not
matter how old they are, they take a keen interest in reading, even children of
six and seven years have read more books than me. Now I have challenged myself that I will read thousands of books and I will empower myself with knowledge.
"Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism. I truly believe the
only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls. This is the way forward to our destiny of peace and prosperity."