5 women, 3 of them teenagers, were killed in Pakistan yesterday. What was their sin? They were angels delivering polio drops to innocent children, so that they may be spared a life of handicap. Pakistan is among three countries in the world where Polio is still a reality, 56 cases have been diagnosed in 2012. If no action is taken, it may soon become the only one on the globe where a preventable cause of paralysis is permitted to prevail.
This post is dedicated to Mamoon Sahab who was afflicted with Polio in his childhood and lived his life with utmost dignity and resilience.
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On my way to work I pass the school zone and I sometimes frown when I am obligated to drive at the enforced speed limit of 20 mph. Occasionally the school bus comes before me with the unmistakable stop sign projecting from its side, forcing me to halt my car, thus allowing several children to cross the street safely. Does it make me a little late for work? Perhaps. Does it make me secure that in this part of the world, cars will stop for my son when he is old enough to cross the street? Certainly.
Does my heart bleed for Malala Yousufzai when I think how we fail to protect our children in Pakistan as they commute to seek the gift of education? Every day.
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