The amazing and inspiring Malala Yousafzai; “The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban”. But there is more to know than this one simple fact.
1, Born on 12 July 1997 in Mingora, north-west Pakistan. Her father named her after ‘Malalai’ a Pashtun heroine.
2. Malala began writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym as the Taliban’s military hold in her area intensified. She wrote about fears that her school would be attacked and the increasing military activity.
3. In 2011, she received Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize.
4. Malala was targeted by the Taliban in late 2012 when a masked gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and fired. She was critically injured, but survived. In 2013 she established the Malala Fund with her father.
5. In December 2014, Malala accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, contributing the hefty prize money to “financing the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan.”
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