The 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in the town of Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in early October. She survived the attack and is now recuperating in a hospital 6,000 miles away in Birmingham, England.
In less than two months, Malala has become the most famous teenager on earth, a symbol of women’s rights, feted by celebrities and the powerful and even nominated for next year’s Nobel Peace Prize
Political leaders across the planet have lauded her and some have even nominated her for the Nobel Peace Prize. She has already been bestowed with innumerable other prizes and awards from around the world.
Malala, who has already challenged the fearsome Taliban militants who still threaten her life, began writing an anonymous blog for BBC when she was only 11 years old, criticizing the Taliban for their repressive activities in her native Swat Valley and advocating for women’s education in Pakistan. Her father, Ziauddin, is himself an education activist who has also been targeted by militants.
“I have a new dream,” she once said. “I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.”
How many little girls have uttered something so mature and selfless as that??