BBC – Malala


Broadcast: 15/10/2013

Reporter: Mishal Husain

After Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban she became even more determined to push her campaign.

NB: Due to copyright restrictions the video of this story will not be availlable online. The schoolgirls were gossiping and giggling on the little open-backed school van taking them home when it rounded a bend and was waved down by two young men brandishing guns.
‘Who is Malala Yousafzai?’ one demanded.
Anyone who’d been near a television in Pakistan in recent years would know who Malala was. Her campaign for female education had catapulted her from obscure schoolgirl to national identity. But the pair were Taliban – vehemently opposed to schooling girls – and they wanted to be certain of their target
The group of girls reacted nervously, spontaneously turning to a 15 year old girl seated toward the back of the bus. The gunman didn’t hesitate. He shot her in the head. Two other girls were wounded.
That Malala survived the attack is astonishing. That she emerged from the attempt on her life stronger and even more determined to push her campaign for education is truly inspirational.
Here she is – less than a year after the attack – addressing the United Nations to rapturous applause.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen … can change the world. Education first, thank you.” MALALA YOUSAFZAI
Her early outspokenness, the attack and her recovery have been well documented from a distance. But now, for the first time, Malala tells her story in her own words.
BBC Panorama reporter Mishal Husain has been granted extraordinary access to Malala’s world, filming with her family as they make their new life in Birmingham England, returning to Malala’s school, speaking with her classmates and visiting the scene of the shooting.
But above all, this enthralling story features an extended interview with Malala herself in which she details her motivations and inspirations, the harrowing experience of the attack that nearly claimed her life and her hopes and dreams that every child should and – if she has anything to do with – will receive an education.
“I need to be fully empowered… and to make myself powerful, I only need one thing, that is education, so I will get education.”


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