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UK Malala: Schoolgirl Shot By Taliban Speaks Out

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Malala: Schoolgirl Shot By Taliban Speaks Out

Published on Feb 4, 2013

The Pakistani girl almost killed after being shot in the head by the Taliban speaks out about her recovery for the first time.

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban has spoken out about her recovery for the first time since she was nearly killed.

Speaking shortly after Queen Elizabeth Hospital revealed they had successfully operated to reconstruct her skull and restore her hearing, 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai said she was "feeling alright" and "happy that both the operations were successful".

She said: "I can also walk a little bit, I can talk and I'm feeling better."

"It does not feel like I had a very big operation," she added - despite undergoing five hours of surgery.
Malala Yousafzai Malala reads cards from well-wishers

The teenager drew the world's attention when she was shot by Taliban militants on October 9 on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan.

The Islamist group said they targeted her because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking".

In another video interview published on Monday, but filmed on January 22, Malala is heard saying that she was "getting better, day by day".

Speaking clearly but with a slight stiffness in her upper lip, she said: "Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone.

"It's just because of the prayers of people. Because all people - men, women, children - all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life . A second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated.
Surgeons operating on Malala Surgeons operating on Malala

"For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund."

Malala was airlifted to Britain from Pakistan in October to receive specialist medical care and protection against further Taliban threats.

She is expected to remain in the UK for some time as her father, Ziauddin, has received a diplomatic post based in Birmingham.

The Malala Fund is a girls' education charity set up in late 2012. It launched with a $10m (£6.4m) donation from Pakistan.

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