Feb 19 2009
Courageous 11-year-old Pakistani girl writes poems about the pain and suffering of children in her country despite personal threats from hardline Islamic militants.
“This is very shocking to hear that girls can’t go to school, they are taking us back to the Stone Age,” Tuba says.
For the past 18 months, militants have beheaded opponents and burned scores of girls’ schools in Swat, which lies next to Pakistan’s tribal regions close to the Afghan border. Monday’s peace deal allows for the imposition of Islamic Sharia law in the former tourist region and surrounding districts in exchange for an end to the Taliban insurgency which has killed hundreds and forced hundreds of thousands to flee.
Tuba refuses to remain silent despite threats on her life – by letter and telephone. “Stop it or we will kill you,” they say. Tuba’s parents are proud of their daughter and say they are not afraid even when she speaks out publicly against the Taliban.Her mother says she is “worth more than seven sons and seven daughters.”
Tuba also has a personal dream to be an astronaut and one day lead her country. “I will do anything, if my life goes I don’t worry, I just want to do something,” she says. ADNKRONOS
As Pakistan President Asif Zardari admitted to the strong presence of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of the most affected by the fighting there have been schoolgirls. The Taliban burnt down over 125 girls schools in the province calling women’s education un-Islamic.
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