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Rise to fame

In October 2011,Desmond Tutu announced Yousafzai’s nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize and she became a celebrity in Pakistan. Her public profile rose even further when she was awarded Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize two months later in December. As Yousafzai became more recognized, the dangers facing her became more acute. The Taliban […]

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Awards and recognition

25 October 2011,International Children’s Peace Prize. The Dutch international children’s advocacy group KidsRights Foundation included Yousafzai as one of five nominees worldwide for the prize, after Desmond Tutu nominated her in October 2011. She was the first Pakistani girl ever nominated for the award. The announcement said “Malala dared to stand up for herself and […]

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Assassination attempt

On 9 October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Yousafzai as she rode home on a bus after taking an exam in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The masked gunman shouted “Which one of you is Malala? Speak up, otherwise I will shoot you all,”and, on her being identified, shot her twice, once in the head and once […]

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Taliban attack

Ehsanullah Ehsan, chief spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that Yousafzai “is the symbol of the infidels and obscenity,” adding that if she survived, they would target her again.Taliban leaders had decided a few months earlier to kill her, and assigned gunmen to carry it out. In the days following […]

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Medical treatment

The day following the attack, Yousafzai was still being treated in the intensive care unit of the military hospital in Peshawar, where doctors performed a decompressive craniectomy, in which part of the skull is removed to allow room for the brain to swell. Before the surgery, Yousafzai was moving her hands and feet, which suggested […]

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Rehabilitation

On 16 October 2012, Dr. David Rossner, one of the doctors treating Yousafzai, said that initial assessments by members of staff had been conducted, that detailed assessments from other specialists will follow, and that they are pleased with the progress she has made so far.The director of a brain injury program at another hospital reported […]

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Public reaction

The assassination attempt received immediate worldwide media coverage and produced an outpouring of sympathy, along with widespread anger. Protests against the shooting were held in several Pakistani cities the day after the attack. Pakistani officials offered a $105,000 (10 million rupee) reward for information leading to the arrest of the attackers. Responding to concerns about […]

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United Nations petition

On 15 October 2012, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, launched a petition in Yousafzai’s name and “in support of what Malala fought for”. Using the slogan “I am Malala”, the petition’s main demand is that there be no children left out of school by 2015, […]

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Criminal investigation

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik claimed that the Taliban gunman who shot Yousafzai had been identified.The shooter is believed to be named Ataullah.Pakistani police had also claimed to have arrested several suspects. Malik has suggested the possibility that instead of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, some other group may have been responsible for the shooting.However, there were reports […]

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