“We are human beings and this is part of our human nature. We do not learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands." - Malala Yousafzai
This is Malala. She is currently 22 years old, but this video was filmed when she was 16.
On October 9, 2012 Malala was 15 years old. Malala was sitting on a bus and shot in the face by Taliban forces in the Swat region of Pakistan. The Taliban shot Malala because Malala believed in the importance of education for women. Because Malala spoke up, the Taliban marked her for death.
In 2013 she co-authored a book entitled, I am Malala and in 2014 Malala became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in advocating for education for women. Despite all odds and overcoming such trials and tribulations, this young woman still maintains a truly positive and refreshing attitude.
"If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty. You must fight others, but through peace, dialogue and education." - Malala Yousafzai
While speaking to the United Nations, Malala said, "The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born ... I am not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I'm here to speak up for the right of education for every child. I want education for the sons and daughters of the Taliban and all terrorists and extremists."
After all of this, Malala has continued her advocacy and activism and in 2018 wrote a new book, We are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives. In this book, Malala talks about refugees and says, "What tends to get lost in the current refugee crisis is the humanity behind the statistics..." and "people become refugees when they have no other option. This is never your first choice." With everything that has gone on over the past 4 years in the fight for refugees and refugee rights, it is important to always remember the humanity behind the politics.
Malala has created a fund, the Malala Fund, that fights to educate women and children all across the world, to make sure that education is a top priority in stoping violence and terrorism for future generations.