What does it mean to be brave? What strength of conviction must it take to speak up for what you believe in despite the very real risks of not only failure but possibly even harm to you or your family? Malala Yousafzai is my hero and I imagine that after reading a little about her life story, she will become one of yours, too.
Malala was only 15 years old and on her way home from school last October when Taliban assassins boarded her bus and shot her point blank in the head. It is a sheer miracle that Malala survived this brutal attack. In her own words, Malala says, “it feels like this life is not my life. It’s a second life. People have prayed to God to spare me and I was spared for a reason–to use my life for helping people.”
Malala’s father founded the school she attended in Pakistan. Like many bright young students all over the world, Malala loved school and was eager to learn. The Taliban believe girls should not go to school and were threatened by her activism. At the young age of 11, Malala lead a campaign demanding that girls be allowed to go to school. Her efforts led to a blog for the BBC, a New York Times documentary on her life and a Pakistani peace prize.
Malala’s autobiography, I am Malala, is coming out on Tuesday. You can preorder it now on Amazon,
To read excerpts of Malala’s blog, click here:
To read the text of Malala’s speech at the United Nations:
Malala is determined to continue her activism so that one day, children all over the world have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. In her speech at the UN, she shared these brave words, “they thought the bullets would silence us, but they failed. And then, out of that silence, came thousands of voices.”