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“She is a Western-minded girl. She always speaks against us. We will target anyone who speaks against the Taliban.” - Spokesperson for the Pakistan Taliban
Tuesday 9 October was like any other school day for 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai. But Malala is no ordinary teenager and shortly after boarding the bus home things changed dramatically - she was gunned down by Taliban fighters who also injured two of her friends, Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Ahmed.
Since the age of 11 Malala has been an outspoken advocate of education for girls in Pakistan. She was driven to fight for this right when the Taliban took over her town and banned female education. Read Malala’s blog from the time
Although they have since lost control of the region, a Taliban spokesperson has claimed Malala was targeted for ‘promoting western culture’ and for being ‘secular’. They intended to shoot her dead.
Now, she lies fighting for her life in a hospital bed. She remains in a critical condition while Shazia and Kainat thankfully appear to be on the way to recovery.