10 Men Sentenced for 2012 Attack on Malala Yousafzai

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Ten men were sentenced to life for the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai,17 years-old. The men attacked her after she had returned home from school along with her classmates. Yousafzai was shot in the face and was sent to a military hospital in Rawalpindi and then airlifted to Britain for treatment. Yousafzai was 15 when she was attacked, and thankfully she survived.

In 2014 the Pakistani military announced they arrested 10 men that were involved in the attack. The men had been taking orders from Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. It is believed that Fazlullah is hiding in Afghanistan. Ironically, the sentencing took place in Swat. In 2009 it was a Taliban stronghold.

Yousafzai was attacked for speaking for girls’ education. The Taliban attacked her to shut her up, but it did not work. Yousafzai was able to recover and keep speaking on the behalf of education for girls. She has become a symbol against Taliban oppression and has become a prominent education advocate. Even after the attack she was threatened, but she never wavered.

Yousafzai has been applauded for her bravery against the Taliban. She has won awards and a joint Noble Peace Prize in 2014. The other recipient was Kailash Satyarthi, who is an advocate for children’s rights. 

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