PERREAULT Magazine NOV | DEC 2016 - Page 22

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women were prevented from going shopping. That was when Ziauddin was told that his school had to close. Malala and her father received death threats, however they continued to speak out for the right to education. During that period, Malala was featured in a documentary made for The New York Times and was revealed as the author of the BBC blog.

In 2011, Malala received Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the International Children's Peace Prize.

Soon, the young girl’s stand in politics and her fight for education gathered everyone’s attention. Unfortunately, that also meant the unwelcome attention of the Taliban. In response to Malala’s rising popularity and national recognition, Taliban leaders voted to kill her.

On October 9th 2012, as then 15-year-old Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked Taliban gunman entered their school bus and asked for her by name.

When she was discovered, Malala was shot with a single bullet. The bullet went through her head, neck, and shoulder. During the attack, two of her friends were also injured.


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Thankfully, Malala survived the initial attack. However, she was in a critical condition, and she was moved to Birmingham in the United Kingdom for treatment at a hospital that specialises in military injuries. It wasn’t until three months later, in January of 2013, that she was finally discharged, by which time she had been joined by her family in the United Kingdom.

The Taliban's attempt to kill Malala received worldwide condemnation and led to protests across Pakistan. In the weeks after the attack, over 2 million people signed a right to education petition, and the National Assembly swiftly ratified Pakistan's first “Right To Free and Compulsory Education Bill.”