Pakistani Child Shot by Taliban for Wanting An Education, Now in U.K. – Update

Critically injured Malalal being taken to plane

Update: While Malalal is “not out of the woods,” she is doing well and has been able to stand for the first time with some help, doctors at the British hospital treating her said on Friday. There is no word on her mental functioning. I really want the young girl to go to school and reach the potential she obviously had.

On October 9th, we reported the story of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, Malalal Yousafzai, who became a heroine three years ago when she defied the Taliban.  She was shot multiple times this month for speaking out on Pakistani TV, demanding an education.

The Taliban has promised to murder her if she lives. She now has a 70% chance of survival.

She is now in Britain for further treatment at a facility that will provide integrated care with other children. [sky news] The U.A.E. provided the plane for transport. Her parents traveled with here.

The shooting of Malalal and two of her classmates has been condemned in Pakistan and around the world.

Malalal’s crime began when she wrote a diary under a pseudonym, which became the basis for a report by the local Urdu language service of the BBC.

In it, she described what was happening in her town of SWAT, which was then under Taliban control.

In early 2009, Malala, then 11 years old, spoke out publicly on television, demanding one thing – an education.

She was on her way to school October 9th when Taliban assailants approached a van she was in as she sat waiting to go to the school she loved. They asked for her by name and then opened fire, shooting her in the head and wounding two other girls. She is in critical condition.

The Taliban admitted she is young but said that she was promoting Western values.

Student holds photo of Malalal at a rally