Sunday, November 25, 2012

postheadericon The Struggle For Girls Education: Shot In The Head For Going To School

Malala Yousafzai
 Malala Yousafzai was born on 12th July 1997. She is a school student in Pakistan, and lives in the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. That is a part of Pakistan where the Taliban are still strong and want to ban girls from attending school.


On 9th October this year Malala was confronted by Taliban gunmen who stopped and boarded her bus as she was on her way home from school and was shot in the head and neck.

This is Malala's story.

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