Well, damn. Italian artist Marcello Barenghi draws incredibly realistic everyday objects that appear almost three dimensional simply with the help of colored pencils.
"Muster the Rohirrim! Assemble the army at Dunharrow, as many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor. And war.”
Today, July 14th, is an extremely important day for students and girls around the world. Today is Malala Day, an internationally recognized day to celebrate Malala Yousafzai, the brilliant Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban at age 15 for campaigning relentlessly to promote compulsory public education for all girls in her birthplace, Mingora, a village in the Swat Valley. Malala learned the value of education from her father Ziauddin, an activist who spent years founding schools in areas that previously lacked educational opportunities and resources. Thus, when an extremist group attempted to take away her and her peers’ access to education, Ziauddin and Malala spoke out, and embarked on an extraordinary journey.
When the Taliban entered Swat, they immediately initiated a sort of war on information and education, twisting the words of the Quran and banning and burning DVDs, CDs, television and radio stations, music, books, and other items they deemed “un-Islamic.” They limited television and radio access to Taliban stations only, preaching across the airwaves that women should not be allowed to leave the house unaccompanied by a husband, let alone go to school. After Mullah Fazlullah, head of the Swat Taliban, declared on his radio show that all girls’ schools were required to shut down by January 15th of 2009, Malala decided to take action. Amidst constant school bombings and ongoing militant-based threats directed at fellow Swat activists, Malala began writing a blog under a pseudonym for BBC Urdu, in which she documented life under the Taliban, and fought to raise awareness of the dire situation the girls of Swat were facing. The blog gained global attention, and when Malala was shot by a militant on a schoolbus in 2012 (after attending school in defiance of the Taliban for several years), activists all across the world spoke up in support of her cause. Malala miraculously survived the assassination attempt, and was further inspired to continue her fight to achieve education for all children not just in the Swat Valley, but in every corner of the world. She was honored with Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize, among other awards, and was the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
On this symbolic day, appropriately set on Malala’s 17th birthday, Malala is visiting the girls from the Chibok 234 who managed to escape the Boko Haram in Nigeria, as well as their families and the relatives of the girls who are still being held in captivity. Malala is meeting with these girls and parents in order to help raise awareness for their situation and the millions of other girls who lack the means to attend school or are banned from doing so. Malala is set to make a formal address today, and issued this statement beforehand: “Whether the schoolgirls still held in captivity by Boko Haram, to the school children caught in the crossfire of escalating violence in Gaza and Israel, to the 66 million girls today who can’t get the education that is their human right, my birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices so that those without a voice can be heard. We can be stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty. The road to education, peace and equality is long, but we will succeed if we walk it together.”
On this Malala Day, take time to appreciate the educational resources you have been provided with, and help raise awareness of those who are not so fortunate. One of the biggest ways you can help is to donate to the Malala Fund, a foundation dedicated to empowering girls to make their own change which has joined with other organizations to advocate for global education. Support Malala’s birthday wish, and help millions of children around the world gain the knowledge that is their human right, not a privilege that should be limited to a select few.
Sometimes you just have to recharge.
It’s not that I don’t want to be with friends and chill. I love doing that! But sometimes I just need to have some alone time too!
an Introvert Infographic
One of the best explanations, hands down.