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Malala Yousafzai By Meema
Transcript of Malala Yousafzai By Meema
On July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country's Swat Valley. For the first few years of her life, her hometown remained a popular tourist spot that was known for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control.
Who is the Taliban?
The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan. They believe that women are not as important as men. They think girls should not go to school or get an education. They think Islam says that but they have a wrong concept. Islam says, " No matter if you are a boy or a girl you should get education from the day you were born till the day you die."
Who is Malala?
Shot by Taliban
When Malala was 14, Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father but she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group 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 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.
That is the question the Taliban asked when they stormed the 15 year old Malala's school bus on October 9th 2012. The Taliban 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.
" Let us pick up our book and pencils. They are our most powerful weapons."
Malala's First Stand Against Talibans
Malala attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded.
After the Taliban began attacking girls' schools in Swat, Malala 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?"
In early 2009, Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban's threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year.
With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children's Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize.
Blogging At BBC About Women's Right
Swat Valley After Taliban
Swat Valley Before Taliban
After recovery, on her 16 birthday Malala giva a speech at United Nation in 2013.
Malala also have a written autobiography, I am Malala, The girl who stood up for education and shoot by Taliban, which was released in October 2013.
On October 2014, Malala won the Noble Prize Award. She is the youngest one to who has ever won. Malala also joins a list of former winners such as Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto and Bill Clinton.
I am Malala
Why I chose this topic?
I chose this topic because Malala is a great example for everyone to speak up for their rights and not to give up. She makes everyone believe that one voice can change the world, no matter which age, if you are a male or female, or where you come from.
Malala is still on a target list but she is giving speeches in many countries about girls getting education and fighting for their rights.
"One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world."