Ahmad Nawaz is quite frankly an extraordinary young man. You see he has seen more evil in his short life than most of us could ever imagine and it started one day when the Taliban attacked his school bus in the district of Peshawar, Pakistan in December 2014. He had to pretend to be dead amongst his fellow pupils and the massacre ended up with the murder of 150 children, including Ahmad’s 13 year old Brother. This act of brutality was committed purely because the children wanted an education, something that we in the West take so much for granted. The teenager, who witnessed his teachers being burned alive in the atrocity, was rushed to hospital in Peshawar and later flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.
The Doctors thought they would have to amputate his arm, but thankfully he pulled through and he has now through all his hard work and the desire to overcome has secured a place at one of Great Britain’s most prestigious centres of learning, Oxford University.
When he is not studying, he tours schools giving anti-radicalisation talks and sharing his incredible story. ‘This is like a second life,’ said the student, who attended King Edward’s High School for Boys in Edgbaston.
I have a feeling that this very special young man will have an awful lot to offer the world and that it will be for good as he has seen the evil that men do in the name of religion and beaten them.