Felt compelled to tell story of Malala to kids: Angelina Jolie

Malala was shot by Taliban in head in Swat valley in Pakistan for her campaign for girls' education.

Written by Agencies | Los Angeles | Published:October 17, 2012 2:29 pm

Actress Angelina Jolie has written an essay about how she discussed the tragic shooting of 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai with her six children.

The 37-year-old star,who is known for her social work all over the world as UN ambassador,said she felt compelled to share the the story of Malala,reported Daily Mail

“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 wrote in the Daily Beast.

“Our 8-year-old Pax suggested that the world build a statue for Malala,and fittingly create a reading nook near it. Our 6-year-old Shiloh asked the practical question of whether Malala had any pets,and if so,who would take care of them? She also asked about Malala’s parents and if they were crying.

“We decided that they were,but not only for their daughter,also for children around the world denied this basic human right.”

Malala was shot by Taliban in head in Swat valley in Pakistan for her campaign for girls’ education. She was later airlifted to Birmingham,England,where she’s said to be in a stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“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. Her bravery inspired their own,” Jolie continued.

Jolie also says she hopes Malala will be in contentionfor a Nobel Peace Prize.

“Still trying to understand,my children asked,’Why did those men think they needed to kill Malala?’ I answered,’because an education is a powerful thing’.”

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