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Taliban Targets Assassination Survivor

Taliban Targets Assassination Survivor

The Taliban has vowed to finish the job they started.

On October 9, 2012, a Taliban assassin got on the school bus and, calling her by name, shot Malala Yousufzai, a14 year old Pakistani schoolgirl.  Malala was an outspoken advocate for the rights of girls to receive an education.  Her activism, which began in 2009 when she was 11 years old, made her a target of the Taliban.

One of the assassins bullets grazed  Malala’s skull, chipping the bone, but miraculously it did not penetrate her brain.  Malala was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, where she is expected to make a full recovery.

As reported by Nick Schifrin on October 26, 2012 for ABC news, her parents and two brothers traveled from Pakistan to visit with her for the first time since the shooting.   They called her survival a “miracle.”

Her father, Ziauddin Yousufzai thanked the world for “supporting the cause for which she stands:  peace and education.”  He called her shooter “an agent of Satan – but I found angels on my side.”

“When she fell, Pakistan stood.  And this is a turning point,” he said.  “She will rise again, she will stand again.  She can stand now.”

Pakistan stood, as did citizens world wide in support of Malala.