Malala's Moving Moment By: hannah Rogoff

I heard the words that came seconds before my life changed. It was an ordinary day and I was riding the bus home from school. All the chatter stopped and a man boarded the bus, “Which girl is Malala Yousafzai?!” he demanded to know. I froze in fear. Seconds later, I heard the gut wrenching sound of a gunshot. That’s all I remember. I woke up in what felt like seconds later but definitely was much longer. I was immediately in pain. Malala Yousafzai, a 17 year old teenage girl stood up for her beliefs to a deadly terrorist group that took over her village. Malala is a heroic figure to tons of boys and girls all over the world due to her bravery, determination, and persistence towards girls right to an education.

Limited Life

Malala and tons of other girls throughout the world are very circumscribed, they can’t get an education and are controlled by terrorists. Girls are slain by their families in “honor killings” if they marry for love. They are not allowed to go to school and are kept in conservative communities. Malala went to a school founded by her father. In 2007, the Taliban (a deadly terrorist group) started attacking girls schools near her village. In Nigeria, hundreds of schoolgirls are kidnapped and still enslaved by the violent Islamist Militia Boko Haram. We are lucky and take for granted all our privileges.

This is the Taliban
This is Malala´s hometown

The Shot

Malala's persistent mindset to girls education was against the Taliban's view of girls and what they should do and it risked her life. The Taliban oppose education for girls, and they invaded her hometown and took control. In Women Leaders: Malala Yousafzai the text states, “On October 9, 2012, a man boarded the bus she was riding home from school. He demanded to know which girls was Malala Yousafzai. When he found her he fired, hitting the left side of her head. The bullet traveled down her neck.” Malala was left in a lot of pain. She was flown to a hospital. To help Malala heal, they removed part of her skull and she was then flown to Birmingham England for yet more treatment. Her face was paralyzed (no brain damage) and she was not aloud to talk with anyone. She was able to start going to school in March, 2013. Malala went through so much but that did not stop her. “The Taliban still wants to kill her. Yousafzai still fights for the rights of girls and women to get an education.”

This is Malala in the hospital after she was shot.

Beliefs and Hopes

Malala fights for girls education even though it risks her own life. For her 18th birthday, Malala opened a school for girls in Lebanon (a country in the Middle East) The school teaches nearly 200 girls ages 14-18. The girls are refugees Syria (A nearby war-torn country.) Malala does not stop fighting for girls rights, and the Taliban do not scare her. She is not going to give up until every child is getting an education and going to school.

Awards, speeches, movies and books

Malala is a heroic figure to all, her actions are inspiring and helpful to girls and women everywhere. Her story moves many people. She was the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She said the award was for all the children who are voiceless and voices need to be heard. Malala impresses audiences with her soft spoken words of peace and philosophy, with strength behind it. On Malala’s website, she writes “World leaders have a lot of money that could be used to educate children, but they choose to spend it on other things. If the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just eight days,, there would be enough money to send every child on the planet to school.” Malala has a book (“I am Malala”) and a film (“He Named Me Malala”) made about her life.

Malala publicly speaking and holding awards

Although becoming severely injured and being shot is a beyond horrible thing, if Malala was never shot, she would not be as famous and people would not be doing the things they are doing to support Malala's views and help with getting girls an education. Malala Yousafzai is a true hero. “The terrorists thought they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except this: Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born.” -Malala


Created with images by DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Malala Yousafzai: Education for girls" • Southbank Centre London - "Malala Yousafzai" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014" • Southbank Centre London - "Malala Yousafzai" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi - Joint Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2014"

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