When the Taliban attacked 14-year old activist Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday, there was little chance or hope that she could be saved. Two bullets; one in her neck and another in the head left severe wounds. Despite the severity of her injuries, the doctors worked all night to save her life.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who proudly took responsibility for their horrid attack, said pompously that if she survives, they will attack again. According to New York Times journalist Adam B. Ellick, her father and brothers have also been threatened by the Taliban with death.
“Malala was a fan of Obama and spoke against the Taliban,” was an excuse given by the Taliban, as Ehsanullah Ehsan, the Taliban spokesman commenting on shooting Malala said, “This was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter.”
The chapter they are talking about, was 11 years old when she first spoke out against the unjust rule of Taliban in Mingora, Swat Valley. Malala spoke against the brutalities of Taliban through her Diary in BBC Urdu. The Diary of a Pakistani School Girl, written by Malala Yousafzai, was published under the byline Gul Makki, and was widely read for its insight into the lives of the locals in Swat through a young girl’s eyes. Her stories were an account of life under Taliban rule in Mingora, which was then very strongly held by Taliban, and in her diary, she intensively urged the need for educational opportunities for females in her area. Malala rose higher to fame in December 2011 when she was awarded the National Peace Prize by the government.