Saturday, October 12, 2013

Malala Yousafzai

    You may have already heard of Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old Pakistani girl who has become the symbol for women's right to education in her region and around the world. When the Taliban took over her region of the Swat Valley, they declared that girls would not be able to go to school and get an education. She recalls the Taliban murdering people because they danced or cut their hair. The Taliban bombed their school houses and threw acid in the faces of girl students. Malala and 50,000 other girls risked reading their books in the privacy of their home to continue learning. Under a false name, Malala wrote a diary about her experiences being deprived of her education and sent the diary to BBC. Malala began speaking out through interviews and got a documentary for the New York Times but soon the Taliban began issue death threats to her. On October 9, 2012, Malala was on her school bus when a man boarded the bus and shot Malala in her head. The doctors say that the fact that Malala survived is nothing short of a miracle. Despite becoming deaf in one ear, Malala fully recovered and is still advocating for women's right to education.

    This girl is extremely brave and her story is really incredible. Despite everything she has gone through she is still receiving threats from the Taliban and fighting for girls around the world. She is now living in England where she is safe and attending school. She wants to become a doctor. Since her incident Malala has written a book and has become one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. To watch the 20/20 documentary or to read more about Malala you can visit

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