“Even though we had always loved school, we didn’t fully realize how important education was before the Taliban tried to take it away from us. Studying,reading, doing homework was not just a way to spend the time like any other, it was our future”
Malala Yousazfai is a girl who risked death to defend her rights. She was born in 1997 in the Swat Valley in Pakistan. So Malala’s ideas and opinions were formed from childhood when she learned to value school and her education.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, in 2008, they imposed Sharia Law. They closed girls’ schools and forced girls to cover their faces with burkas. Malala didn’t accept these impositions. She started to write a blog denouncing the situation in her country. When she started doing interviews on the radio and appearing on Tv, her real identity was revealed and gradually she became a symbol of the fight for equal education and human rights. The Taliban published a death threat again Malala on the Internet.
On October 9th 2012, she was travelling with school friends, when a gunman arrived and asked which of them was Malala and shot her. She was taken to a military hospital in Pakistan where the bullet was removed. On october 15th, she was transferred to a hospital in England. After various complicated operations her facial nerves were restored. In 2014, at the age of 17, she received the Nobel Peace Prize. She is the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in the world.