Malala Yousafzai, famous activist for female education, was able to return to her home country of Pakistan yesterday, five years after the Taliban attempted to assassinate her because of her advocacy for female education.
Yousafzai was only 15 when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head as she was returning home from school. She was immediately airlifted to the U.K. with her family to receive treatment.
Yousafzai was ecstatic to return home, “I am very happy, and I still can’t believe that this is actually happening … in the last five years I have always just seen this dream of setting foot in my homeland,” reported Newsweek.
The activist has started the Malala Fund, her own organization to promote girls’ rights to education, in which has invested $6 million dollars towards the cause, and became the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in the short five years since she has left Pakistan.
The citizens of Pakistan were honored to have her return, as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi pointed out, “When she went away, she was a child. She has returned as the most prominent citizen of Pakistan.”
Yousafzai is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall, while continuing to further her movement for women’s rights.
Malala Yousafzai, the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, pauses to wipe away tears during an emotional speech on her first return to Pakistan since she was shot by the Taliban in 2012. https://t.co/gEqECNVdTV pic.twitter.com/SHHPLYTllM
— ABC News (@ABC) March 29, 2018
The Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has returned to #Pakistan after 5 years and being honoured by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at a special ceremony. MoS for MOIB @Marriyum_A was also present on the occasion along with PM's Special advisor Mussadiq Malik.#MalalaYousafzai pic.twitter.com/uYTNSu5ipP
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) March 29, 2018
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