Pakistan child rights activist shot in head: doctors (via AFP)

The Pakistani Taliban shot a teenage children’s rights activist in the head on her school bus to avenge her campaigns for the right to an education in the militants’ former stronghold of Swat. Many in Pakistan reacted with shock and revulsion to the shooting on Tuesday of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai…

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  • DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist

    Cri de Coeur for Children
    by c.p. estés

    Unmilitated evil,
    I ask/pray/beg be militated.
    My eyes narrow…
    even as my heart widens,
    to take the deepest breath
    I have,
    to call the world
    back to life again…

    The world gone dead
    from too much ‘much’
    –yet the justice-heart
    is still secretly alive
    within all righteous,
    half-ruined humans…
    and within the time-tested
    justice spirits

    Now, now
    the cri de coeur–
    without pause…
    that this evil toward
    ever be named,
    and contained.

    A teramayana [sp] prayer not for, but to ramasitabodhisatvas [sp], the ghosts of purely good children who come to comfort and call for justice when innocent lives have been harmed. This written in effort to/in honor of the child activists of the world who were not allowed to live to adulthood. There are many on the roster of murdered peace-children. Far far too many. All, murdered by adults. Going back to the times of Papal States, no doubt earlier, and also into our time.

    ***Militate: a decisive, conclusive, powerful factor in preventing …

  • ShannonLeee

    There is not much braver than a child activist. Pressing your will to protect others while not able to protect yourself…is pure courage.

  • newatthis

    Thank you dr. e. I pray this poor child survives without any brain damage. How the Taliban can possible believe it is all right to harm a child is inconceivable to me.

  • ShannonLeee

    Well they promised to kill her if she survives. At this point I personally choose to view such people as animals.

  • ordinarysparrow

    surely this makes the heart of the world ache…