Alif Laila Book Society & IBBY Pakistan support Malala Yousfzai

Dear Readers,

Nanna Aldrich Murakami’s Photos

I’m sure you’ve all heard about young Malala Yousufzai, the young 14 year old girl who was shot by the Taliban for nothing more than wanting an education and speaking out about it.  Here’s a chance to offer more than outrage.  How about helping creating a library at her school by assisting the Alif Laila Book Bus Society (they also want to set up mini libraries like mine through out Lahore, Pakistan) and  IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People).  You can send donations through the contact below.  But, even if you can’t help finiancially, you can support Malala Yousufzai with cards, drawings and letters so that this she knows that the world is behind her.  Please help if you can.

The letter requesting support follows.

Dear Friends,

I write to share with you news from Pakistan that has saddened the hearts of all. On the 9th of October, Malala Yousufzai ,aged 14, who has been active in denouncing the closure of girls schools by the Taliban in Swat in 2009, and who continued her education despite threats, was shot in the head on her way back from school. Two of her friends, also in the bus, were injured as well.Malala epitomizes courage and allows all of us to see that single acts of bravery can, and, do become movements. We are grateful to this young campaigner for encouraging Pakistanis to stand up and be counted.Alif Laila/IBBY Pakistan is setting up a library in Malala’s school and has organized a KEEP SMILING card campaign for Malala and her two friends. We aim to make this the longest and most colourful card in the world’s history.  For this we need your active support.Please become a member of this campaign by encouraging  children to write messages and create drawings that are full of hope and will make the girls happy, and hopefully, assist in their recovery.  We also want them to know how compassionately the world has responded to their plight and how they are not alone in their struggle.Please email us your contributions by the 20th of October. Emails can be sent to:

 Thank you for your time and support. 

Basarat Kazim


Alif Laila Book Bus Society

IBBY Pakistan


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