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.
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.