Nobel Peace Prize 2014: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala_Yousafzai
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Malala came to media attention in 2009 when she started to write in secret for a BBC blog.
She documented her views on her life & education while under threat of  Taliban rule in the valley where she lived.
Once the Taliban did take over they issued bans on various daily activities including banning women from shopping & limiting their education.

Malala & her father started to receive death threats & they feared for their safety.

Once the BBC blog ended Malala was featured in a documentary for The New York Times. As she began to receive greater media coverage she was revealed as the author of the BBC blog.

In 2011 she received Pakistans first National Youth Peace Prize & was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children’s Peace Prize.

As the world began to pay more attention to Malala & what she stood for Taliban leaders met & decided to kill her.

On 9th October 2012 a masked gunman got onto her school bus.
Asking for her by name shot her with a single bullet which passed through her head, neck & shoulder.
Two of her friends were also injured.

Miraculously Malala survived the shooting but was in a critical condition.
Once it was possible to she was moved to Birmingham here in the UK to receive specialist treatment.
In January 2013 she was discharged & moved into a temporary home with her family in the West Midlands.

Because of Malala’s refusal to back down from what she believed in she highlighted the struggle of millions of children across the world who are being denied an education.
She has created the Malala Fund to help empower those children & raise awareness particularly for girls who are predominantly the ones being denied an education.

Most recently Malala has become the youngest recipient of  the Nobel Peace Prize.
A statement from the Nobel committe said “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls education, & shown by example that children & young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.”

Malala’s father is a poet as well as running a public school said “Don’t ask me what I did…..ask me what I did not do……I did not clip her wings.”

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