I Died And I Lived Again To Change The World! – Malala Yousafzai's Life Story

Born on July 12, 1997 in Mangora city of Swat district, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel laureate this world has ever seen. She has been a promoter of worldwide education, and has been against the Pakistan’s Tehrik-i-Taliban’s restrictions on education in the country. She was shot for raising her voice at the age of 15 when a Talibani terrorist called for her in the school bus when she was returning home.

The scenario that led to such recognition of this young girl dates back to the year, 2008. A large part of Malala’s education was imparted to her by her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. Her first speech on education was during a local press club in September 2008.
Soon after the speech, BBC came up with a proposal to record the happenings of Swat district. They wanted to capture the life of people and the influence of the Taliban’s growth on them. Ziauddin Yousafzai had been approached by a correspondent of BBC Urdu for referring a schoolgirl who would have been interested in blogging about her daily life anonymously. With the fear of being caught by the Talibani’s, no one came forward. So Ziauddin, who himself has been an educational activist for a long time, decided to give her daughter’s name for the same.

Malala started writing for the blog after that. The entries about Malala witnessing the First Battle of Swat, the scenario of her school, and it being shut down were recorded in these handwritten blogs, which were then scanned and sent to the BBC authorities. This thing continued while the ban on girls entering the school premises was enacted upon by the Talibanis. They had already been blowing up many schools of the region. Soon after, in February, 2009; after a month of ban, the schools were reopened for boys. Girls schools still remained closed, which were finally allowed to be opened in the mid of March, but with a rule that all the female students had to wear a burqa.

Though her anonymous blog ended in March, 2009, New York Times approached her for shooting a documentary. This was a big and risky step because of the state of Swat at that moment, with the Talibanis attacking anyone who raised their voice. But the Yousafzai family didn’t back down and agreed to shoot that documentary.
After the launch of the documentary, Malala became a local celebrity. She was approached over by newspapers and radio channels from all over the world for an interview. Her hidden identity from the blog was also released soon, and began to be known as “the girl who stood up for herself and used national and international media to let the world know that girls should also have the right to go to school.” Malala also started receiving nominations for awards like International Children’s Peace Prize, National Youth Peace Prize, National Peace Award for Youth, etc. and bagged many of these awards. All of this happened before the incident. So far, she had gained so much recognition that the Prime Minister of the country had agreed upon opening up Swat Degree College for Women on her request.

But this recognition brought a lot of threats along with them. She received death threats over Facebook, and even was threatened through post. Soon after in October 2012, while she was returning home from her school, a Talibani gunman got on her bus and called for her, threatening the others that if they don’t point out Malala, he would kill everyone. Malala rose and was greeted with three bullets, one of which went right underneath her skin and hit her shoulder bone.

Malala was taken to Armed Forces Institute of Rawalpindi. She was in an unconscious state and was having a meager chance of survival. To her luck, a few specialist British doctors were available in Pakistan at that time, who helped her out of misery. She was referred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. She had to travel for 8 hours in that critical condition, which seemed to be a risky task. This is when help started coming from all over the world and UAE offered its state-of-the-art plane with an Intensive Care Unit built inside it. She was then taken to Birmingham and treated there.

Though her chances of survival remained meager, she never left hope, and nor did her doctors. In the miraculous effort to save her, doctors were heard saying that it would be a miracle if she survived. After spending a lot of time in the Operation Theater, she was finally able to open her eyes, and walk on four limbs. This is when her chances of survival increased. It was on January 03, 2012 when she was discharged from the hospital and sent over to a rehabilitation center.
Since then, she had been taken care of with all the expenses paid by the government, and also has been a student at Edgbaston High School, Birmingham.
With all the incidents happened in the past few months, a ray of awakening spread all over the world. Petitions were passed for the Right to Education Bill in Pakistan, and education became an important agenda in the meetings being held between the diplomats of the various countries. The attack was called heinous and cowardly by delegates including UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. Even the President of United States, Barack Obama, came forward and condemned these terrorist attacks.

All in all, the suffering by this young girl turned out to be a turning point of the education scenario of the world. For her commendable effort, Malala Yousafzai was awarded numerous bravery awards. She was also awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2014, which she shares with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist from India.

Malala’s father wouldn’t have been more proud of her when he saw the moment of July 12, 2013 being announced as “Malala Day” by the United Nations, when Malala asked for worldwide access to education. It was her first speech after the attack.

Malala also went on to write a memoir along with a co-writer, Christina Lamb, named “I Am Malala: The Story Of The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban” which was published in October 2013. A documentary, “He Named Me Malala” was also released in October 2015, which is based on the life of this living legend.

It is because of people like Malala Yousafzai that the various terrorism practices get surfaced. The government of the respective places should be in charge of the situation and just don’t allow such terrorist violence take over someone’s rights. There is no need for innocent people like Malala to suffer just because the government of the place has become hideous.