Malala Yousafzai

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  • Malala Yusafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. She lived in a popular tourist sport during first few years of her life, but the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control...
  • In September 2008, she gave a speech after the Taliban began attacking girl's schools, and in 2009, she began to blog for the BBC about living under the Taliban's threats. She won prizes and became a symbol for all women in the world.
  • It was a normal day in Malala's life. She takes the bus to go to school. Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her, but she have to continue to live a normal life.
  • 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.
  • 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. Once she was in the United Kingdom, Malala was taken out of a medically induced coma. Though she would require multiple surgeries she had suffered no major brain damage.
  • She gave a speech at the United Nations on her sixteenth 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. On October 10, 2013, in acknowledgement of her work, the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
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