The 15-year-old Taliban shooting victim, who was targeted in October for promoting girls’ education in Pakistan, has spoken out in an official statement for the first time since her horrific attacks. Watch her inspiring video.
Malala Yousafzai, 15, has made a miraculous recovery since she was violently gunned down on Oct. 9 in Swat Valley, Pakistan by Taliban militants who attacked her for her activism and outspoken views for girls rights.
After months of treatment and rehabilitation in Queen Elizabeth hospital in the UK, the brave activist spoke out for the first time in a video interview about her attacks, and thanked well-wishers worldwide for all of their support.
Malala Yousafzai Thanks People Worldwide For Their Prayers
“Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and … I am getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people – men, women, children – all of them have prayed for me,” she says in the video.
“And because of these prayers God has given me this new life … and this is a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated,” she continues.
The video was taped days before what doctors hope will be her last round of operations — cranial reconstruction and a cochlear implant.
Malala Yousafzai Announces The Malala Fund
During her video statement, Malala announced the creation of the Malala Fund, which will support the education of girls in Pakistan and around the world, and will provide grants focused on education. A statement on the fund’s website says:
“Before she was attacked, Malala was in the process of setting up an organisation with her friends to get girls into school and out of domestic labour. The first grant of the Malala fund will continue this process and provide a safe space for the girls, resources for a positive learning environment and an incentive programme for families. After a needs assessment and final programme design, the project will be launched and running by spring 2013.”
Watch Malala’s Video Statement Below
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