Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for “her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Malala is 17 years old. Malala first caught the media’s attention at age 14, after she was shot in the head by a Taliban fighter for criticizing the organization’s tactics.
(04:00) Malala gave a remarkable answer when asked by Stewart how she reacted to learning that the Taliban wanted her dead. Here’s her response:
“I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
In this exclusive, unedited interview, “I Am Malala” author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban’s rise to power in her Pakistani hometown and discusses her efforts to campaign for equal access to education for girls. Malala Yousafzai also offers suggestions for people looking to help out overseas and stresses the importance of education. (via)