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The world celebrated International Day of the Girl this week.

Many celebrated by keeping vigil for Malala Yousufzai.

Malala is the 14-year-old girl who was an outspoken advocate for girls’ rights. She blogged from her home in Pakistan. She lived in the Swat Valley, an area near the border with Afghanistan that is heavily influenced by Islamic fundamentalism. Her activism focused on education and on girls’ rights to learn.

She directly challenged the Taliban. She confronted their views that girls should not be educated. She defied their beliefs through her advocacy and her actions.

For this, she became the Taliban’s target. She was shot Oct. 9 by a Taliban assassin. She remains in a hospital, in critical condition after surgery to remove the bullet that struck her in the head.

I too keep vigil for this brave girl and abhor the attempt to kill her.

But where is the outrage for the thousands of Malalas who are regularly being slaughtered because a US president deems it within his right to do so?

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