When Matias hitch-hiked through Pakistan in 2005 it didn’t seem like place where people were too much into blogging. But that’s because he didn’t get to meet the then 7 year old Malala Yousufzai. She has been blogging her opinions since she was ten, and recently became way too famous for her activism. Gunmen stopped her school bus and shot her in the neck. Two other girls got injured as well before the bus driver managed to speed off. Luckily Malala survived the attempted child assassination. When Taliban wanted her dead they turned her into an international superstar instead. (Not meant to rhyme)Basically Malala started to use the internet to speak out when the extreme islamists wanted to restrict female education in her town. So when Taliban is using fear and intimidation to restrict basic human freedom for women, Malala used a way more powerful tool to reach out to the world. This is a classic example of “brains against guns” that became too much of a threat to Taliban, so they decided to assassinate the child who is threatening their legitimacy and existence.
However, the extremists have stated that if Malala survives the attempted assassination, they will strike again.
We at 2famous.TV think it’s extremely important for countries to have a healthy blogging culture. That’s why we always encourage people to blog. It doesn’t necessarily have to be about activism or saving the world, but the more people that blog, the more used to hearing individual opinions we will get. We think that this is important in the battle of preserving the freedom of speech.
You can read a translated version of Malala’s blog here where she describes how Taliban used to march into her house to check whether the girls were studying or watching television. She used to hide her books under her bed, fearing a house search by Taliban.
Below is a short video from when Matias hitch-hiked through Pakistan in 2005. Note how he speaks English like a native!