When 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was gunned down by the Taliban last week in Pakistan, fury spread across the country and the world. Enraged protesters took to the streets rallying against the grown men who attacked a child for standing up for the basic human right to an education. It was Malala’s work promoting education for girls that made her a Taliban target and she was hunted down on a school bus where the gunmen asked for her by name and shot her in the head and neck.
Of the many people shaken by her story, Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Madonna and Angelina Jolie, who described her discussions with her kids in an editorial in the Daily Beast Tuesday.
“Our 8-year-old suggested that the world build a statue for Malala,” writes Angelina. “Our 6-year-old 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.”
The Oscar-winning actress who is well known for her devotion to human rights, and her role as ambassador to UNHCR, feels it’s necessary to share her family’s struggle with the attack. “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.”
Angelina is standing behind Malala by donating $50,000 to Tina Brown’s Women in the World Foundation through her Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, because she says “Malala is proof that it only takes the voice of one brave person to inspire countless men, women, and children. In classrooms and at kitchen tables around the world, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are praying for Malala’s swift recovery and committing themselves to carry her torch.”