Shot nearly a year ago simply for saying girls have a right to education, a Pakistani teenager’s book out Tuesday recounts the violence.
(Image source: Wikimedia Commons / The Daily Beast ) BY CLIFF JUDY Shot nearly a year ago simply for saying girls have a right to education, a Pakistani teenager’s book out Tuesday recounts the violence. “It’s called ‘I am Malala.’ The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.” (Via WNBC ) Wednesday marks one year since that shooting when a Taliban gunman boarded Malala Yousafzai’s school bus, asked, “Who is Malala?” and opened fire. In the new book, written by a British journalist, the girl who began speaking about education rights at age 11 says before that, she had always thought, “Even the Taliban don’t kill children.” (Via CBS ) Malala is now 16 and living in the UK. She tells the BBC in an exclusive interview she doesn’t remember much about the shooting, only waking up in the hospital wondering where her family was. “And I was very happy that I am alive at the time and … I saw death. That’s why I was not worried about these small things like pain and having no one.” But a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban recently told CNN — if given the chance — the group would target Yousafzai again. That spokesman denied it was her work promoting girls’ education that drew the group’s ire — but rather her general opposition to the Taliban. Malala continues to call for girls’ rights in Pakistan telling the BBC, “we know that terrorists are afraid of the power of education.” She is up for the Nobel Peace Prize later this week.