In a shocking yet unsurprising act, Taliban fighters attacked and shot fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai in a van on her way home from school in northwestern Pakistan’s Swat Valley area.
Ms. Yousafzai is an amazing and admirable young woman; she’s been blogging and advocating for girl’s right to education in her native Swat Valley area of Pakistan, close to the Afghanistan border. When she was only eleven years old she began an anonymous blog at the BBC News called Dairy of a Pakistani School Girl. She went public and began speaking out about the challenges of educating girls in an area so heavily influenced by conservative Islam and even briefly ruled by the Taliban before the Pakistani Military intervened.
She was awarded the first Palestinian Peace Price.
Blessedly, she’s in stable condition now after surgery to remove the bullet from her head. Sadly, the Taliban has said publicly that if she survived this shooting, they would indeed try to kill her again. Which is so horrifying that I feel furious (yet helpless).
She’s an amazing young girl. During an interview on CNN she said:
“I have the right of education,” Malala said in a 2011 interview with CNN. “I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up.”
To learn more about this remarkable young woman, enjoy this interview with her from CNN below.