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We Are Malala

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old Pakistani activist whose only crime was wanting an education.  On October 9th, Malala was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck, in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.  In spite of a fatwa issued by a group of 50 Islamic clerks in Pakistan against those who tried to killer, the Taliban has reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

In spite of her young age, Malala is an experienced activist, coming to prominence in 2009 at the age of 11 through a blog she was writing for the BBC about her life under the Taliban regime.  The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life, giving her global recognition and leading to her appointment as chairperson of the District Child Assembly.  Since then, she has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu, and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize.

As of this writing, Malala, still unconscious and relying on a ventilator to breathe, arrived in the United Kingdom for medical treatment.  Doctors believe she has a chance of making a good recovery, but her treatment is likely to take several months.  We continue to keep Malala and her family in our thoughts, and hope that you will as well.

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