Malala opens a library and gifts The Alchemist

Malala opening library

Malala opening library

Even God, chose the medium of a book to send a message to his people. — Malala

Last week Malala (the Pakistani girl the Taliban shot and left for dead) opened a library in Birmingham. She gifted to the library her personal copy of The Alchemist.

Schoolgirl Malala was shot in the head and left for dead by the Taliban, because she campaigned for the right of girls to have an education.

The content of a book holds the power of education and it is with this power that we can shape our future and change lives.

There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word.

It is my dream that one day, great buildings like this one will exist in every corner of the world so every child can grow up with the opportunity to succeed.

When Paulo Coelho learnt Malala had gifted to the library her personal copy of The Alchemist, he was very moved.

We do not defeat terrorists and religious fundamentalists with guns, we defeat them with books, with ideas.

Today, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has notched up two hundred and sixty-eight consectutive weeks in the New York Times best-seller list. Not bad for a book that was first published twenty-five years ago.

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