Shooting of Malala Yousafzai

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Shooting of Malala Yousafzai
On October 9th 2012, during a regular Monday morning, 14-year-old student and children’s activist Malala Yousafzai was severely wounded when an un-identified man ordered students to point out Malala and when they did, the man open fired on her causing bullets to penetrate her skull and neck. The attempted assassination, which was later identified to be the work of Taliban members, has sparked an outrage inside Pakistan and around the world. Malala being recently and internationally known for going on CNN and addressing her rights to a proper education, speech, and happiness. She is also recognized as a hero for children’s education, specifically woman’s education in Pakistan, having the past honor of being nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize and winning Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. Malala first gained international recognition in 2009, where she decided to publish an online blog for the BBC stating the current situation of her home in Swat Valley where there is frequent militant activity, and difficulty of obtaining a proper education under constant death threats by the Taliban and the Islamic extremists.

After the attack, Malala was immediately rushed to the hospital and treated by Pakistani doctors who had no choice but to remove the bullet lodged in her neck and head. An arrangement made by the United Arab Emirates decided that she be airlifted to a hospital in Birmingham, England, to be further treated by neurosurgeon specialists who say that her recovery could take months. Like her father who operates one of the few schools that defies Taliban ideologies and keeps their doors open to women, Malala’s survival has resulted in an online petition and support pages rallying for Malala and her fight for girl’s education. Online petitions started to rally, one of the two already having 10,000 signatures by mid-day urging authorities to arrest Malala’s attackers and end the government ties with...
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