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Pakistani Activist Malala Yousafzai,14, Still In Critical Condition

Thu, October 11, 2012 1:55pm EDT by 4 Comments
Malala Yousafzai shot critical condition

Doctors have successfully removed the bullets lodged in Malala Yousafzai’s head and neck, but she remains in critical condition. The 14-year-old education activist was shot at point-blank range on Oct. 9 by the Taliban who found her ‘Western views’ a threat to society.

It was Malala Yousafzai‘s efforts to promote education and equality for girls in the Swat valley in Pakistan that made her such a threat in the eyes of the Taliban, and their reasoning for shooting her in the head on her way home from school on Oct. 9. Although doctors have successfully removed the bullets from Malala, she remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Malala became well-known when it was discovered that she was the girl who had been speaking out against the Taliban’s militia efforts and ban of educating young girls in the Swat valley in Pakistan, and blogging about her views for the BBC under a pen name.

A hooded Taliban militant charged a school bus on Oct. 9 and asked the bus full of girls which one was was Malala. When he recognized her, he shot her at point-blank range, severely injuring her and wounding two other girls.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have taken responsibility for the shootings, and a spokesman told a Pakastani newspaper she was targeted because she is a “secular-minded lady” and this incident should be a warning for other young people like her.

They have promised to come after her again if she survives.

Malala and her family are in our thoughts during this time, and we hope for a speedy recovery.

What do YOU think of Malala’s story HollyMoms?

— Christina Stiehl

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