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Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai

The thought of a hero is ordinarily thought of as a person who has exceptional abilities

that allow them to fly or have outstanding strength. In reality, a typical hero cannot fly, but is

able to inspire other people, lead, and assist in difficult situations. I consider Malala Yousafzai a

hero. The bravery and courage that she expressed to fight against an unlawful circumstance in

her country was heroic.

On July12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan (Malala Yousafzai

Biography). She attended a school that her father had founded. Malala was a star student .In her

younger years, her hometown was a favored tourist place the held festivals in the summer, but

that soon changed after the Taliban wanted to take control. Malala did not like this idea, and

began giving speeches to the public. She was furious and wanted to set up her own political party

to campaign the right for girls to receive an education. Her first speech was in Peshawar,

Pakistan in 2008 (Malala Yousafzai Biography).Soon after, she began blogging about what life

was like living under the Taliban's threats to deny her education. She did not use her real name

when posting the blogs, instead, she blogged under the name Gul Makai. She talked about

walking past bodies that were headless because they defied the Taliban, or waking up in the

middle of the night because of the constant gun shots and flying helicopters (News Week).

Although she guarded her identity, she was later revealed to the Taliban. With public support,

Yousafzai continued to speak out about the rights of all women to have an education. Because of

her activism, she was nominated for the International Peace Price and the National Youth Peace

Prize in 2011(Biography of Malala Yousafzai). The Taliban was disgusted by this and began

threating Malala and her family.

It was a regular day in swat valley on October 9, 2012 (Malala Yousafzai Biography).

Malala and her friends were gossiping to each other and their teachers as the school bus traveling

along the road. Barely out of the city of Mingora, two men interrupted the bus`s coarse and

boarded the bus. They were looking for Malala, but she did not speak out. While searching, they

recognized her and aimed at her face and fired three shots. Two of the shots punctured Malala,

injuring her head and neck, but the other bullet hit two girls that were sitting in the vicinity

(BBC As children started screaming and horrified faces filled the bus, they awaited

for anyone to help them. A teacher stared in horror at Malala's body, bleeding excessively and

slumped unconscious in her friend's lap, and knew nothing else but to pray. Malala was

transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England (BBC Even after

being flown to the hospital, Malala and her father were being threatened by the Taliban. The

shooter had not been caught yet, but it is clear who bears responsibility. Since the day of the

assault on Malala, sadness, anger, and rage have filled the country.

It was a long road to recovery, but that did not stop her. In 2013, she stood in front of

New York on her sixteenth birthday and gave her first speech since her accident (BBC said that she was going to return back to Pakistan one day. Later that year, she

was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and awarded the Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for

Freedom of Thought (BBC News). The Taliban tried to murder Malala, but it did not work. She

is stronger than ever and will continue to fight for the freedom of education.

The story of this young girl has inspired many across the globe. Her bravery has shown

that it is fine to stand up for what is right. If you believe in. There are consequences and risks to

anything that is done, but those who remain silent will let their enemy win the battle without

fight. There is something to do, not only for her, but for all of the other girls searching for an


Works cited

"Malala Yousafzai." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014: n. pag. 22 Sep. 2014. Web.

17 September 2014.

Husain, Mishal, "Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school." BBC News: n.pag.

7 October 2013. Web. 17 September 2014.

Taseer, Shehrbano. "The Girl Who Changed Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai." News Week n.pag. 23

October 2012. Web. 17 September 2014.

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