Taking initiatives for a good cause is something which is appreciated by almost every individual who has a heart to feel and a mind to relate. However, there are only a few out there who actually have the guts to speak against the brutalities of the world, risking their own lives for the sake of welfare of the society they live in. The above shared idea might sound an abstract taken from a book of thoughts, but it really is what we know as Malala’s life and aim towards education.
Pakistan is a contradicting state where half of the world identifies with the sufferings of Pakistani people while half of the civilizations consider the nation as a victim of terrorism, nevertheless, people like Malala Yousafzai are setting examples that people of Pakistan promote the message of peace, love and development and condemn guns, wars and terrorism in general.
Probably, the most popular teenager in 2013, Malala is true reflection of all young souls of Pakistan who are deprived of education in the rural areas of the country who are equally capable as Malala or other successful women of Pakistan are, but due to the conservative mindsets, women suffer the best in the country.
Been nominated for the noble prize 2013, Malala is more like a motivation for the youth and before we share 15 shocking facts about Malala Yousafzai, let us first focus on who is Malala actually!
Who is Malala?
Malala is you-Malala is me; Malala is no one but a simple Pakistani girl who wants to see the women of her country been educated. Been born on July 12th, 1997, Malala belongs to the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan. The girl first got noticed in early 2009 when she started to write a blog under the Penname of BBC, speaking openly about her life under the rule of terrorists who were responsible in spreading terrorism in Pakistan. That summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai turned famous overnight and also got nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.
This, obviously had to come with a prize where Malala was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt made by the resident terrorists on October 9th, 2012, while she was returning from her school. She stayed unconscious for nearly a month, fighting from death, still being in a critical condition. She was then sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England for intensive rehabilitation.
Once recovered from her illness, Malala started her work again and got further recognition in the world. Deutsche Welle wrote in January 2013 that Malala may have become “the most famous teenager in the world. United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a UN petition in Yousafzai’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. In the 29 April 2013 issue of Time magazine, Yousafzai was featured on the magazine’s front cover and as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.
She also won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Making her country all proud, she spoke at the UN to call for worldwide access to education on 12 July 2013.
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15 Shocking facts about Malala Yousafzai
1) Malala was named after Malalai of Maiwand, a famous Pashtun poet and warrior woman from southern Afghanistan.
2) Malala always wanted to become a doctor, but her father wanted her to be a politician.
3) The American singer Madonna dedicated her song “Human Nature” to Yousafzai at a concert in Los Angeles the day of the attack
4) Jolie later donated $200,000 to The Malala Fund for girls’ education. Jolie later donated $200,000 to The Malala Fund for girls’ education.
5) Malala’s relatives believed that she was not following the Pashtun Customs
“One of my male cousins was angry and he asked my father, ‘Why isn’t she covered?’ He replied, ‘She’s my daughter. Look after your own affairs.”
6) Malala is a huge fan of ‘Twilight’ series and related the vampires with the terrorists.
7) When Malala did well at school people said it was because her father, Ziauddin, owned the place.
8) Sometimes Malala would let her imagination run wild
“All the other girls in my class wanted to be doctors, but I decided I wanted to be an inventor and make an anti-Taliban machine which would sniff them out and destroy their guns.”
9) At thirteen, All she wanted was another inch increase in her height. Sweet!
10) In the absence of any other help, Malala’s friends acted as first responders after she was shot
11) When Malala got a pen and paper after she came to in a hospital in Birmingham, she immediately worried about money.
12) One of Malala’s biggest obstacles in her new life is her popularity. She miss being the simple Malala.
13) Yousafzai received several standing ovations on Malala day while speaking to UN. Ban Ki-moon, who also spoke at the session, described her as “our hero”.
14) Indian director Amjad Khan would be making a biographical film based on Malala Yousafzai.
15) Malala Wants to become the president of Pakistan.
“I have a new dream … I must be a politician to save this country. There are so many crises in our country. I want to remove these crises.”
Malala is surely an extraordinary Pakistani activist who has done more than her capabilities for her city, country, continent and world by spreading the message of ‘how important getting educated is’!