Tutu condemns Taliban shooting of girl

2012-10-11 22:27

New York - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Thursday he was "devastated" by the Taliban's shooting of a Pakistani girl who had campaigned for girls' rights to education.

"I can't imagine how anyone can justify maiming a child for what they consider political reasons, because they want women to be subjugated," he said at a press conference here.

Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in the struggle against apartheid, said Malala Yousufzai was a "wonderful young woman" who had much to contribute to the world.

She was fighting for her life in a Pakistani military hospital on Thursday after a gunman boarded a schoolbus in Pakistan's Swat Valley and shot the 14-year-old and two of her schoolmates.

The Taliban, who have killed thousands of people across Pakistan in the last five years and destroyed hundreds of girls' schools, have issued a statement saying that any female who opposes them should be killed.

"I am devastated," Tutu said.

Tuto was at the United Nations to deliver a report on child marriage, which he promised to campaign against with the same energy as he did against apartheid.

"We want to eradicate this practice by 2030, and why not? We ended vicious things like apartheid," he said.

"This is viciously cruel, how would you feel if it was your younger sister or your daughter?"

He saluted the United Nations for holding for the first time International Girl Day and drawing attention to the discrimination "that has dogged women and girls for centuries".

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-10-11 22:53

    @ sean.kediam... Yes apartheid is well and alive.... but its BLACks against White now... We are not talking about TUTU.. we are talking about a 14 year girl..

      Isobel Smith - 2012-10-12 00:06

      yeah what happened to freedom of speech she was shot in the head and is still alive they have said if she survives they will get her and kill her. a 14 year old girl is a threat to them . MONSTERS. what god would allow this Hope they go to hell. but that will be a holiday camp for them smucks

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 06:41

      @isobel. In the world of these people woman have got only one use, and that's to feed the offspring she bred. They have no rights, not even the right to be able to read or write.

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-12 07:06

      Strange, he never condemns murders on whites in his own country!

  • paul.vieira.7792 - 2012-10-12 00:26

    Please America, sort them out! If you don't nobody will! Thanks

  • scholesss - 2012-10-12 00:42

    oh. may The Only Great God Bless her soul..\r\n\r\nher shooters will rot in devil's hell.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-12 02:32

    This is Islam......

  • Sidney Olifant - 2012-10-12 02:50

    The tragedy that happened was a step further than what happened in Limpopo keep them from the books they will be a huge threat to the ANC monsters

  • joubert.joep - 2012-10-12 04:08

    Tutu then get yourself there and help - sitting in America shouting is not going to stop it!

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 07:00

      That is the problem if your head honcho accepts Islam and places it on the same authoritative level as the Bible. You can yap a few meaningless things from the sideline, but to go there and shown them the errors of their way asks for to be fired from the rank and file.

  • Jackledon - 2012-10-12 05:19

    Hw suprising for us to be more coesernd about things happening outside our nation where as the is a crises within our country which we can't critisize

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-12 05:30

    Murderous cowards. Good that Tutu spoke his mind. Now we blame a certain religion. Whom should we blame for rape and murder of women in our own country from the age of 2 to 90 years old. These type of monsters should not be allowed to live on this earth.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 07:03

      Who must we thank?, the Sangomas, they told the people you can rid yourself from aids if you rape a virgin. The other rapes happens because of AZAPO taken up into the fold of the cANCer. They didn't dissapear, they are operating under the auspices of "normal crime" - aka anc

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-12 05:34

    So why does this hypocrite called tutu keep quiet when a farm murder is committed? ls it because it's anc policy to get rid of the whites?

      mrtinyiko.matsambu - 2012-10-12 06:53

      If the ANC had that policy, after 18years, SouthAfrica, woulndn't have white people left.\r\nBut, just like the rest of them, you let your emotions do the talking. Relax, breath in and now breath out, now go outside and smell the morning breeze.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 07:04


  • craig.munro.50 - 2012-10-12 05:56

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free. There is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:28

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-10-12 06:12

    But he says nothing about our pilots that got killed by the suicide bomber...........him and his ilk like Zuma make me puke....what is it with these people

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-12 06:20

    Religion is the poison of humanity. No god would ever condone the abuse performed in gods name.

  • Mn Mlilo - 2012-10-12 06:23

    Responding to comments that always involve race,i think guys u so insecure in yo own skins and you dont realise it till you speak,cant you just critises using you intellect capability not you racial feelings towards one another,coz surely nothing will progress in our generation cz we clouded by denial of hate n racism.

      Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-12 06:28

      @mlilo. Is your spelling and grammar an image of your intellect?

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 07:06

      Not as long as you bunch of racists are quiet about the laws based on gender, race and orientation.

  • hein.huyser - 2012-10-12 06:38

    Who is the "Taliban" than shot this girl? Pathetic reporting. Surely it is a Taliban supporter or a person from the Taliban doing these things. Anyone out there for the oppression of women's rights to educate themselves?

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-12 06:39

    Everybody condemns the Taliban for their why does Tutu make the news? As if he can do anything about it. He can't even get the ANC to stop their corruption.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-12 06:57

    Time for old man Tutu to stay in retirement and keep his big mouth shut.

  • Robert Frankol - 2012-10-12 07:11

    moronic people.

  • mphandejohn - 2012-10-12 07:34

    Pakistanis. Why can Islam be associated with peace baffles me, the deeds speak louder.

  • waheed.parker - 2012-10-12 07:53

    Let me start by saying I condemn this cowardly act in no uncertain terms. But to link this act to Muslims and Islam is ridiculous. These cowards may claim to be Muslim, and may claim to be carrying Islamic teachings, but these claims are false. Its quite simple: Islam is what the Quran says and what the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) did. Nothing else is considered part of Islam. The Quran states that the taking of 1 innocent life (irrespective of the victim's faith), is like killing all of humanity. So when these nutcases kill innocent people, they're not acting in the name of Islam, and their claims to be doing so should not be entertained. As for "moderate" Muslims: This term is problematic. Either you are a Muslim, or you are not. There are no degrees or tiers of Muslim. If you are a Muslim, then you condemn killing innocents as the Quran commands, be it by Taliban, the US army, Hamas, or Mossad. I will not apologize for actions of those who claim to be Muslim when their actions run contrary to the teachings of Islam. Nobody asks the Pope to apologize for the actions of the IRA, nobody demands a response to the actions of the Tamil Tiger Rebels despite them being the deadliest paramilitary organisation on earth. This is because, despite their claims to be acting in the name of a religion, their actions have no connection to religion. Its the same with Islam and organisations who claim to be acting in the name of Islam.

      Iqhawe_eliqotho - 2012-10-12 10:12

      Brilliant insight waheed and condemn this act we ALL must! In light of the truth though, ask the next person what he/she understands about Muhammad (S.A.W). The immediate response is more often than not, leader of wars and whom the "Moslem" prays to. Anything else it largely left esoteric and for those who objectively investigate who he really was, before and after the revelation. Moderate is unsettling, yes, as it seems to class Muslims in a religion which by Hajj seeks to eliminate any kind of difference between believers, but it's a term that should possibly be considered colloquially acceptable. I say this as it is beneficial in trying to explain the authentic views of Muslims and how pluralism is encouraged and attested to by a large part of the Muslim world without being immediately cast aside by, "well you're all Muslim anyway," statements educated only by the extremist 'Islamic' acts (which have nothing to do with Islam).

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-10-12 08:10

    Mlilo, my point is made in an earlier comment!

  • kevin.c.lind - 2012-10-14 12:32

    Sean, keep the name calling to yourself, We have enough problems in SA, without an ignorant point of view. As for Tutu, stay out of politics, as much as you think you know, you actually achieve nothing, but verbal idiocy. The Taliban, like the ANC, are beyond understanding, reasoning or intelligence. Nothing either group does, has any substance of good or relevance to the people of the countries they are in. Tutu, you don't understand anything and you sole motivation, is to avoid media obscurity.

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