She is awake. She is alert. And hours before undergoing a grueling five-hour surgery in Britain to repair her hearing and reconstruct her shattered skull, Malala Yousafzai spoke to the world. After reassuring us that she was “getting better,” the 15-year-old Pakistani activist got right to the point: she’s launching a charity to educate women and girls called the Malala Fund.
But here, let her tell you about it in this video she recorded:
It was the first time Malala had spoken in public since her attack. And I was astonished to see her doing so well. Just last October, ,when she was shot in the head at point-blank range by the Taliban, few thought Malala would survive. All she wanted was for the right for girls to be educated, a cause she began championing when she was just a 10-year-old girl in the Swat region of Pakistan. That is why the Taliban tried to assassinate her. And because she openly criticized them. But she did not die. Instead she survived and inspired people around the world with her courage and selflessness and became even more beloved in Pakistan.
Credit Image: © in eastern Pakistan's Lahore on Oct. 16, 2012. (Xinhua/Sajjad/ZUMAPRESS.com/
If you’d like to donate to the Malala Fund, you can learn more about it at Vital Voices,an international leadership program for women that is partnering with the teen activist.
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