The young girl Malala Yousafzai who is now a worldwide symbol of Peace and she has been given many national and international awards. She was born in Swat, Pakistan on 12th July, 1997, her father’s name is Ziauddin Yousafzai who belongs to a tribe nearby Swat and called “Shangla”. When Malala was born, her father celebrated the birth of Malala, though, in Pashton culture, the birth of a Girl is not much appreciated as compare to the birth of a boy. But Ziauddin is one of the educated Pashtuns who understands what’s the meaning of life and humanity. He believed the humanity and equal rights for all even before the birth of Malala.
The Happy Malala in school times
Malala School Life
Malala Yousafzai was admitted to school in the age of 4 years as her father was running a chain of schools in Swat, and the main school he was the principle of is called “Khushal Public School”, the Khushal is one of the brothers of Malala Yousafzai. Ziauddin has all 3 children, Khushal Yousafzai, Malala Yousafzai and Atal Yousafzai.
Malala was a genius girl by birth, and she was intelligent too. She always got the 1st position in her school. She liked to go to school very much since she got human sense.
Banning from School
The actual story that today the world is going to know about was; Malala was stopped from going to school back in 2008, there were many restrictions implemented by the Militants “Taliban” ruling Swat at that time. They always tried to ban girls schools in Swat, and when they failed to do so, they blown up the schools with rockets and missiles. Malala was among the affected children who were banned from going to school in Swat. And thus, she stood up for her basic rights of getting education. She spoke up against the Militants Taliban in front of Media and in the social events she was participating in.
She also wrote a diary during the war between Taliban and Pakistan Army when she was only 11 years old. She wrote a diary covering the daily circumstances going on in Swat valley in 2009 when there was unrest in Swat and an operation was operated by Pakistan Army against the Taliban. She wrote all the situation of Swat along with her own life. That diary was published with a fake name “Gul Makai” due to some security reasons, but later on The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) mentioned that the actual writer of the diary was Malala who wrote the Diary for them. Since then, Malala became famous and was invited to every seminar and event about Swat and the children of Swat. And she worked a lot for the peace restoration as well as getting the children of Swat back to schools.
Moreover, She along with her family became IDPs in her own country back in 2009 when a strict operation started by Pakistan Army against the militants Taliban. She went to Abbottabad, Shangla, Mardan, Peshawar and Islamabad to spend the time and wait for the peace restoration in her own town Swat. After the peace restoration in Swat, she was given many national and international peace awards and was also presented cash prizes by Pakistan’s Prime minister “Yousaf Raza Gilani”, as well as by PM of Punjab Province Shahbaz Sharif and other leaders.
She actively ran her campaign even after the “temporary” peace in Swat and started going back to school with other children. The life was as normal as it was before 2006 in Swat, but the militants were also involved in some negative activities nearby Swat as well as inside Swat, but the overall situation was controlled by Pakistan Army.
9 October, 2012 the Darkest Day of the history
9 October, 2012 was a bloody day for Malala Yousafzai, she was coming back from school to home as normal, and when she was about to reach her home, suddenly two gunmen stopped the school bus and one of them asked “Who is Malala?” and within seconds of time there were many fires from them, Malala was attempted to shot four times, but only one bullet went inside her neck and stuck there, while her school friends “Shazia” and “Kainat” were also shot in the attack. Malala was however in very critical condition and was about to die, because her body was full of blood, and she was bleeding rapidly after the attack. Within the few minutes the news sparked entire Pakistan and within few hours the news sparked the whole world.
Malala Photo after the Attack
She was first taken to Saido Sharif in Swat for urgent treatment, but after few hours of initial treatment she was shifted to Peshawar by a Military helicopter, she was given treatment in Peshawar in an Army hospital for next 24 hours but she was later on, shifted to Rawalpindi the city nearby Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. She was given treatment in Rawalpindi in an Army Hospital and after few days she was shifted to the United kingdom for fast recovery. It took almost 4 months for the doctors to recover her back to normal life and which is of course a miracle. She is now living in the UK with her family and friends. She has started going to school again and that’s what the world prayed for her.
Pakistan’s President Zardari Meets Malala in the Hopital, UK
After Getting the New Life
After getting the new life, first of all Malala Thanked God for gifting her a new life and then started going to school again, She was nominated for many Awards such as “International Peace Award, “The children peace award” and even she was nominated for the “Nobel Prize 2013″. She addressed the United Nations on 12th July, 2013 the day she was born. Earlier, UN announced 10th November as “Malala Day” and it will be celebrated every year. Malala also met US President Barack Obama in white house. She visited New York to give a speech in the UN Assembly. She said a great line there “If that man who shot me ever came in front of me, I’d not shot him”.
Malala Yousafzai is addressing in the UN
After getting the new life, she started writing her first book titled “I am Malala” which was published just in October, 2013 after the first anniversary of the attack in 2012. In that book she has wrote everything about her life and the story of the attack and after the attack. You might get that book from any book-shop or you may get it online from “Amazon”.
Malala with her book “I am Malala” in the United Kingdom
That was the short story of Malala Yousafzai – a 16 years girl from Swat, KPK, Pakistan now studying in 9th Grade.