Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot in the head by the Taliban outside her school last October, is returning to school in Birmingham, England after enduring numerous surgeries and intensive medical procedures. Yousafzai was targeted because of her public criticism of the Taliban’s policies toward girls’ education.
More from NBC News:
Malala Yousafzai is attending classes in Birmingham, England, and not her homeland, where the Taliban had vowed to make another attempt on her life.
Still, it was a sweet victory for a 15-year-old who endured multiple surgeries to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing after she was shot on her way home from school Oct. 9.
“It’s what I dreamed,” she said in a video released by the public relations firm that works with her family.
“I dream for all the children that they should go to their school because it’s their right…their basic right.”
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Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani blogger who was shot in the head by the Taliban outside her school earlier this month, is making strides toward recovery, apparently able to stand and communicate after undergoing surgery and rehabilitation. MSNBC reports:
Dr. Dave Rosser, medical director at the hospital, said that the girl was “well enough that she’s agreed that she’s happy, in fact keen, for us to share more clinical detail.”
Rosser said the infection was probably related to the track of a bullet which grazed her head when she was attacked. Because of the infection, Rosser said, “she is not out of the woods yet.”
Yousufzai began standing up to the Taliban when she was 11, when the Islamabad government had effectively ceded control of the Swat Valley, where she lives, to the militants.
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Thursday, October 11th, 2012
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.
Image: Child’s hands on computer keyboard, via Shutterstock
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
An alarming report has emerged from Afghanistan alleging that 160 girls and 3 teachers have been hospitalized with poisoning, likely from a toxic spray, that they got while at school. CNN.com reports that the Taliban are suspected because of their objection to girls receiving an education:
“The Afghan people know that the terrorists and the Taliban are doing these things to threaten girls and stop them going to school,” [police spokesman Khalilullah] Aseer said last week. “That’s something we and the people believe. Now we are implementing democracy in Afghanistan and we want girls to be educated, but the government’s enemies don’t want this.”
But earlier this week, the Taliban denied responsibility, instead blaming U.S. and NATO forces for the poisonings in an attempt to “defame” the insurgent group.
There have been several instances of girls being poisoned in schools in recent years.
Image: Poison, via Shutterstock.