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Letter to the Editor: The Right Influence

To the Editor:

As a young Muslim girl growing up in the West, it can be hard to find a role model who is famous for helping others, especially in a sea of celebrities and reality stars. I wonder if there are any young people, who are trying to do something worthwhile. Then there is Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist whose fight for girls’ equality and attempted murder by the Taliban gained her international fame. She was recently released from the hospital and, in high spirits, explained how she was ready to continue to fight for her cause. Malala is a great example of what young people can do and, at the same time, has broken many stereotypes about young Muslim girls and women from the developing world. It is through peace and logic that she has been able to deliver her message. I only hope that others, including myself, may learn to do the same.

Saira Bhatti

Centreville