Teenaged Blogger Shot by Taliban in Pakistan
A 14-year-old Pakistani girl had surgery Tuesday night after she was shot by the Taliban, reportedly for writing blog posts that are critical of life in her home the war-torn Swat Valley. According to MSNBC.com, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban militants who assaulted her at her school. As of Wednesday, Yousafzai was in critical condition after undergoing surgery to remove the bullet from her body, where it was causing dangerous swelling in her brain and neck.
Yousafzai has been blogging since age 11, and last year she was nominated for an International Children’s Peace Prize for her work. She has won a National Peace Prize in Pakistan, and she had a school named after her.
From NBC News:
In her blog, Malala chronicled life in the Swat Valley under the brutal and oppressive rule of the local faction of the Pakistani Taliban, who carried out public floggings, hung dead bodies in the streets, and banned education for girls.
In early 2011, the militants had added Malala to their hit list.
Nosheen Abbas, of BBC Urdu, told NBC News that Malala was “very passionate about education, and she spoke about that a lot to me.”
“It angered her deeply when girls’ schools were closed, and she was affected, and her class fellows were affected. She would talk about (hiding school bags),” she said.
“She was so open about what they were doing to her city, and she was so vocal about it — that is what made her so threatening,” she added.
Abbas tried to explain why the Taliban had reacted so strongly.
“When it’s coming from a child, it’s innocent, it’s honest, it’s open, and I think that’s what was so threatening,” she said of the blog.
“I think that code of honor that used to exist where women and children, they weren’t attacked, they were honored in a way never touched. I think that no longer exists, I think that is what it shows,” she added.
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