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Transcript of Malala Yousafzai
Terrorism in Swat Valley
With her father as an inspiration, Malala started her activism Sept. 8th 2008.
In early 2009,at the age of 11, she launched a blog on the BBC News website in order to open the world's eyes to what was going on in Swat Valley. She originally blogged under the pseudonym, Gul Makai but later in the year 2009 she was revealed as the author of the blog.
She continued her activism with a growing platform around the world and even stared in a New York Times documentary.
She believed that education is a right that should never be denied and hope to one day become a doctor.
Who is Malala Yousafzai?
Born on July 12th 1997 in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Malala is a 17 year old girl with a drive to help girls around the world receive the education they deserve.
Malala Yousafzai was born and raised in the beautiful Swat Valley.
Named after a famous Pakistan heroine, Malala grew up in a family of 5 with two younger brothers.
Her father, Ziauddin, who felt strongly about the importance of education, was the founder of the all girls school that Malala attended.
She was a hard working student but never truly understood the importance of education until it was snatched right out of her hands...
A young woman determined to help girls receive the education they deserve.
The result of the shooting
October 9th 2012
Swat Valley started off as a very popular tourist spot but changed as the Taliban took control.
The Taliban established themselves peacefully in Swat Valley in 2004. The people of Swat thought that they were good and that they would bring justice... they were wrong.
They believed in a "wrong interpretation of islam" and started murdering countless people.
They banned girls from going to the market place, watching TV, listening to music, from dancing and kept them inside.
They took signs off schools and in 2008 alone, they bombed 150 schools for girls.
In 2009,the taliban officially launched a law against girls going to school.
The fight for Swat valley
In May 2009, the Pakistan army declared war against the Taliban and Malala and her family were forced to separate and escape Swat Valley.
In July 2009, after the war had ended, her family was reunited.
Once Swat Valley was taken back by the army, Malala's school was renamed in her honor and she was recognized as a hero.
The army was able to keep most of the Taliban out of Swat for many years until one day they started creeping back into the Valley...
Malala continued speaking up and by the time she was 14, she started receiving death threats from the Taliban.
On October 9th 2012, Malala was riding home from school in her bus when two "boys" in their twenty's carrying guns, stopped the bus.
The first walked in and started talking to the bus driver as the second walked to the back of the bus and asked: Who is Malala?
Malala friends turned to her and the "boy" shot three bullets at the young girl.
The first bullet hit Malala in her left eye and came out her left shoulder as the second hit her friend's hand and the third pierced her other friend's shoulder.
A few days after the shooting she was sent to Britain at the Queen Elizabeth's Hospital where they confirmed that the bullet pierced her skull and left the brain untouched.
Malala surprised the world and the Taliban as she miraculously survived the attack.
Malala starting receiving massive support and continued to inspire millions around the world.
Ehsanullah Ehsan the chief spokesman for the Pakistan Taliban took responsibility for the shooting and admitted that Mullah Fazulullah had ordered the attack.
After her release the 3rd of January 2013, Malala moved temporarily to West Midland in the UK and gave a speech at the United Nations during which the UN dubbed July 14th Malala day.
She then went on to co-write her autobiography, released October 8th 2013,
I am Malala, the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
with the British journalist Christina Lamb.
"I speak not for myself but for those without voice... those who have fought for their rights... their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated."
"One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world."
"The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born."
"They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed, out of that silence came a thousand voices."
The Malala Fund
The young and empowered Malala Yousfazai also went on to co-found her own organization.
November 10th 2012, Malala, her father Ziauddin and Shiza Shahid had the idea of founding an organization in order to help girls around the world who are being denied their right to education. They named that organization the Malala Fund.
Today, the Malala Fund is a world wide organization that inspires girls to stand up globally and helps provide schools, education, local leaders and educators to girls in need.
They support many countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan and Kenya.
The fund also helps with others problems with our youth like child labor or the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
Awards and honors
Malala has also received many important Awards such as the Honorary Canadian Citizenship Award, the National Youth Peace Prize, the Sakharov Prize, the Simone de Beauvoir Prize and many more.
On October 10th 2014 Malala was also awarded with one of the highest honors, the Nobel Peace Prize. She shared this prize with Kailash Satyarhi and was the youngest and first Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner. The average winner is 62 years old and Malala was 17 when she received this honor.
Why Malala Yousafzai inspires me
Malala Yousafzai is a very big inspiration for me for many reasons. I think that it is amazing how at the age of 11, she was already standing up for what she believed in no matter the consequences. The Taliban tried to silence her but she did not let them, she continued to fight for girls like her who want and deserve to be educated. Young people often believe that they can't make a difference in this world but Malala proved them wrong. She did not back down no matter what. She inspires me to become a better person and to see how i can make a difference in this world.