Malala Yousafzai

The brave girl who will do anything for education

Leading up to the shooting

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. From the moment she was born her father said she was different. Her father had family and friends put candies in her cradle, which is usually only done with baby boys. As a child, she became a advocate for girls' education. Her father founded the only school for girls in Swat(the little village they live in), which she would later attend with a 4.0 grade point average. As a child, Swat was a popular tourist destination until the Taliban began to take over. Malala gave a speech at Peshawar, Pakistan supporting a women's basic right of education. In 2009, Malala started blogging for the BBC ,under the name Gul Makai, about the Taliban's threats against her education. In that same year her identity was revealed. With her growing popularity she was nominated for the International Children's Peace prize in 2011. Also, she was awarded the Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.

The shooting

When she was 14 the Taliban issued a death threat against her. However, her family did fear for her safety they believed that the Taliban wouldn't actually harm her. On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack. The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England. She had multiple surgeries but ended up with no major brain damage. She started attending school again in 2013 in Birmingham, England

Friends and Family

How is Malala now?

2015

Malala is still speaking out against the Taliban's suppressions only now she is in England. Her attacker was sentenced to life in prison.