By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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.

Image: Child's hands on computer keyboard, via Shutterstock

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