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Transcript of Malala Yousafzai
Who is Malala?
Her first stand against the Taliban
Malala attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls' schools, she gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?"
Shot by the Taliban
When she was 14, the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family felt that they would not actually harm a child.
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 he found out who she was, he shot her, hitting her in the left side of her head. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.
Despite the Taliban's threats, Malala still believes in the power of education.
On October 10, 2013, the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.if she wins, she will be the youngest in the history of the award. In August 2013, she received the Tipperary International Peace Award. Malala joins a list of former winners such as Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto and Bill Clinton.
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12th 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. For the first few years of her life, her hometown was a popular tourist spot that was known for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control.
The Taliban fighters are supporters of a group of extreme religious leaders who controlled Afghanistan from the mid-1990s until 2001. Its roots are in the remote tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan, where Malala's family is from. They are an Islamic extreme political movement. They formed a government and ruled Afghanistan from September 1996 until December 2001. The leader is Mohammed Omar. They had very strict islamic rules. They did not believe that women were equal citizens and treated them brutally.
That is the question the Taliban asked when they stormed the 15 year old Malala’s school bus on October 9th 2012. They shot her in the head in an attempt to silence her and end her campaign for girls’ rights to go to school.
Her shooting, and her refusal to stand down from what she believed was right, brought to light the plight of millions of children around the world who are denied an education today.
In early 2009,Malala began secretly blogging for the BBC about living under the Talibans threats to deny her education. In order to hide her identity,she used the name Gul Makai.
Malala was becoming popular and continued to speak out about her right,and the right of all women,to an education.
Malala was only 11 years old when she started blogging for the BBC about living in Pakistan while the Taliban was threatening to close girls school's.
The shooting left Malala in a critical condition, and she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat the swelling in her brain. However, she needed further care and treatment, and was transferred to Birmingham England. Malala needed multiple surgeries, but luckily she had suffered no major brain damage. In March 2013, she was able to begin attending school in Birmingham.
The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Malala, which continued during her recovery. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013. She has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013.
Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Malala a target.
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