Malala Yousafzai – History, Quotes and Facts

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17 in 2014, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education while she was still a child herself, which resulted in death threats against her by the Taliban. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai as she was returning to her home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out about the importance of education. In 2013, she delivered a speech at the United Nations and published her first book, I am malala.

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Early life

Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley.

During the early years of his life, Yousafzai’s hometown remained a popular tourist spot known for its summer festivals. The area began to change when the Taliban tried to take control.