Monday, December 30, 2013

Malala Yousafzai

I didn't want to write "author bio" this week for Malala Yousafzai, because while, ok yes, she's an author, she is so much more than that.  So this is just her bio for being awesome.

Malala was born in Swat valley and, until recently, had lived there all of her life with her family.  She lived under the Taliban for most of her existence, but her father was incredibly pro-education for women, something that's very rare in Pakistan, especially in her village.

When Malala was 11 to 12 years old, she began to write a blog, detailing her life under the Taliban rule and the things that went on.  She spoke out for education for girls, attesting that education is the most important thing that a girl could have.  While the blog she started was under a pseudonym, she began to do interviews and television appearances, including a documentary done by the NY Times on her life.

When Malala was just 16, she was shot in the head on her way to school.  She survived the attack, and as a result, the entire world rallied behind her.  People were pushing for education for girls, she spoke at the UN and she was even the youngest person to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.  She has started the Malala Foundation to help girls in her country gain an education.

Basically, she's the bravest most awesome person ever.  Despite being close to death, she still speaks out for what she believes in.  She sweet and forgiving person and wants nothing but peace.  

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