水曜日は、Heroes and Giants
What would you do if you got shot in the head?
Would you hide for the rest of your life?
Malala Yousafzai did not hide.
Malala was born in 1997 in an area in northern Pakistan called Swat Valley.
Her father owned a school and Malala was very young.
She often went there to play.
While she was growing up, Malala liked to study and learned how to speak two new languages, English and Urdu.
After the terrorist attacks against the U.S. in 2001.
Many western countries attack the Taliban, a group of terrorists in Afghanistan.
Because of this, some members went to mountains near Malala’s home and created a new Taliban group there.
They took control of the local government in Swat valley.
The Taliban did not want girls to go to school.
They told Malala’s father to close his school.
But he didn’t close it.
He went to the media many times and spoke about the importance of education.
Malala loved going to school and studying so she started helping her father.
Around the end of 2008, the Taliban ordered all girls’ schools to close.
During this period, 11-year-old Malala used a different name to write a blog for the BBC about living in a place controlled by the Taliban.
Her words were read by people all over the world.
Through this blog, Malala started to notice the importance of speaking out.
In May 2009, the Pakistani army and the Taliban made a peace agreement.
Girls were able to go back to school.
Around the end of that year, people found out that Malala was the girl who was writing the BBC blog.
On October 9th, 2012, Malala’s school bus was attacked.
3 shots were fired at Malala and one went through her head.
Two other girls were injured, too.
The Taliban had attacked 15-year-old Malala.
Malala was badly injured.
So she had to go to the U.K. to have a difficult surgery.
Luckily, she has survived.
After this happened, many people around the world became angry with the Taliban.
When she got better, Malala continued to talk about the importance of education for girls.
She received many awards for her efforts and her speech at the United Nation headquarters sent a very strong message.
“I raise up my voice not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard.
One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”
Later, Malala became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace prize.
Malala’s story continues.
She now lives in the U.K. with her family and continues to fight for girls’ education.
Recently, she has even become a United Nation messenger of peace.
Many people look forward to the changes this brave young woman may bring to the world in the future.