After reading this article/letter written by Samar Minallah entitled "VIEW: The Swat Flogging Video," I decided to write to Samar as a way to show her my support. I love and admire this honorable lady. She impresses me with her every move.
God bless her and give her a long, healthy, and peaceful life!
Here's what I wrote to her. (Okay,okay, I corrected some changes I'd had in the original post, but whatevs.)
Dearest, Beloved, and Honorable Samar:
You have done an excellent and superb job in giving the silenced women of our land a voice by taking us out of an invisible spectrum and placing us into a visible world where we women DO matter. Ignore their remarks about the beautiful work you're doing and about the video to which you brought people's attention. That video of the lashing young girl has left an indelible mark on most who viewed it. As for the jerks it didn't move at all, I can only say that misogynists don't matter a bit! Sure, they might be a majority in many societies even today, but with intelligent women like you using their intellect, skills, and education to help amend the lives of miserable souls, we have some hope of one day blotting out all signs of misogyny from our society.
I don't know of ANY female who doesn't appreciate what you do. I also know of many, MANY males who are with you, who support you, who applaud you for all your work. And I don't need to say anything to encourage you because you're doing an amazing job already, and your persistence is clearly portrayed in your actions, writings, and thoughts. It is quite unfortunate that we live in a backward society that makes pitiful (but sometimes successful) attempts at silencing the truthful members of a society burdened with illiteracy, extremism, backwardness, and injustice.
I was very happy and relieved to read your letter below. You cannot imagine the waves of pride that travel through me when I talk about you to friends and teachers and other interested individuals, show them the videos you've made and the articles you've written, and tell them with a bright smile, "AND she's Pukhtun! One day I hope to be just like her!"
Please keep up what you're doing, and we're here for and with you! May peace be upon you always, and may you be blessed with a long and healthy life so that you can continue being an inspiration for millions of young Pukhtun girls out there who, until you and very few other honorable women like you came along, had no hope for a good future.
Take care ao pa makha de gulona!