Malala grew up in Swat, Pakistan. The presence of the Taliban in Pakistan meant that all girls' schools in Swat must close. Malala attended school as often as she could due to her safety.
Malala's father spoke out against the Taliban. They wrote diaries about the Taliban. In 2008, the Taliban bombed 200 schools. Malala was always fearful for her life and the lives of her family. Despite the dangers, Malala continued to go to school to further her education.
Malala and her family were forced to leave Swat. 2 million people had to flee their homes. Many people did not know where they were going. They were able to return after 3 months, but most people were afraid to. Luckily, their school was still intact.
On October 9th, 2012, Malala was shot on her way home from school while she was on the school bus. She was injured along with two other girls on her bus. She was flown out of Pakistan to Birmingham, England. She was shot in the head, so it was a miracle she survived.
Malala had a long recovery. Meanwhile, she was in the thoughts and prayers of others. Her story had traveled all around the world. Fuzlullah of the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Malala has made books, documentaries, speeches, and has been interviewed for standing up for human rights. She was invited to address the United Nations to call for free education for all children. This day, her sixteenth birthday, was named Malala day.
"I am still here for a reason, and it is to use my life to help people" (188)