The exceptional Malala Yousafzai

‘OMG!” I heard one teenager shriek. “She is amaaazing! I want to be like her!” “She is just gorgeous isn’t she?” confirmed her young red-haired friend.

“I wanted to cry when I shook her hand,” added another.

You would be forgiven to think that these teenage girls just met their favourite pop star. But it was not some gelled up X-Factor winner that had the young Dublin girls swooning. It was a tiny Pakistani teenager, only a few years older than them, wearing a hijab. There are so few role models and heroes, especially for young people, but these young girls had found someone that they could admire. And so had I.

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Image – Reuters