Malala Yousufzai has received worldwide attention for her efforts to promote the education of girls in Pakistan.
On October 9th, she was targeted by the Taliban
while on her way home from school and shot in the head. The Taliban stopped the school bus in which she was traveling with her friends and the leader asked which girl was Malala Yousufzai, telling her to identify herself, otherwise all girls would be shot. At that stage they recognized Malala and shot her at point blank range.
The bullet struck just above the back of her left eye, traveled down the side of her jaw, damaging her skull. It then went through her neck and lodged in the tissue above her shoulder blade.
As reported on Digital Journal
she was recently moved to the UK to ensure better hospital treatment for her grave wounds.
in a medically induced coma to the UK last Monday. The good news is that she has since regained consciousness, although at present she cannot speak, and has stood for the first time since being shot by the Taliban. A photo of the recovering Malala can be viewed here
While the international community has responded to this tragedy with wonderful and significant donations to non-profit organizations that support education in Pakistan, Malala's family is struggling with the long-term rehabilitation costs and for her future education. A team of people who have both personal and public ties to Malala and her family have now started a campaign
to help fund both Malala's medical costs and also her future education.
Anyone interested in assisting with this campaign can do so here
The video above is The New York Times film about Malala, produced in 2009.