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My name is Malala Yousafzai and I was born in Mingora, Pakistan. Ever since I was a little girl I went to school and loved it. Luckily, my dad owned a school near our house, called the Khushal School for Girls. He still owns and runs it to this day. School was my favorite thing. I loved everything about it.
When I was about 10 years old, a group called the Taliban began to rise to power. This terrible group was led by a man named Maulana Fazlullah, who made broadcasts over the radio, expressing his and the Taliban's opinions. The Taliban killed people who they felt threatened by, and thought that girls should not go to school.
My dad and I started to speak out. First, he would take interviews expressing his opinions, and he started to get popular. We took a big step and had me start taking interviews. I voiced the opinion of a teenage girl who just wanted to go to school, but could not because of the Taliban. My father and I started to get so popular, the Taliban noticed us. On I got a death threat from the Taliban.
On October 9 2012, a member of the Taliban shot me in the head while I was riding home from school in a schoolbus. The man shot 4 bullets, and the other three hit two other classmates of mine in the collarbone, shoulder, and hand.
I woke up in a hospital on October 16, a week after I had been shot. I was all alone in my room, and was unable to speak because I had a tube down my throat that helped me breathe. I learned later that I was in a hospital in the U.K. The first hospital I was brought to was in Pakistan. I got increasingly frustrated in my little room all alone not knowing where any of my family were. What I did not know, was that the whole world knew I had been shot. They were all rooting for my recovery.
It is satisfying to know that in the end after the Taliban tried to silence me, I only got louder. Now the whole world knew about me, the Taliban, and about what was happening to all the people in Pakistan. I would go on to win a Medal of Honor, and make speeches around the world. I am glad to know that I have helped girls get education all around the world, and have been a person to look up to in a time of sadness.
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