Jamie Doran

Stories from Jamie Doran

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan. Ever since childhood, she has been an advocate for girls’ education. She attended a school founded by her father, but after the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in her hometown of Mingora, Pakistan, Malala gave a speech entitled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” This resulted in the group issuing a death threat against her, but this did not stop the dedicated young girl. Malala and her family initially believed that the Taliban would not actually harm a child, but this proved to be wrong. On October 9, 2012, a man boarded the bus in which Malala was riding home from school and fired shots at her. The shooting left Malala in critical condition and resulted in the removal of a portion of her skull to treat her swelling brain. The shooting resulted in a massive outburst of support for the activist, which continued throughout her recovery.