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Malala gives everyone hope for the future

AS a cynical old man, I generally believe that mankind is rapidly going backwards.

The world food shortage, global warming, sectarian conflicts and the rapid rise of international capitalism all add up to an accelerating downhill slump for civilisation.

One shining light in my dark vision became apparent last week, while I was listening to the radio: I heard Malala Yousafzai being interviewed and, at the end, I had a lump in my throat.

She is a remarkable young woman, who spoke with clarity and passionate belief about what could – and should – be done.

As long as there are young people like here, then even I must concede there is a glimmer of hope.

MIKE WOOD

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