Shot by the Taliban for going to school, Malala is sharing her story in Minnesota


Since becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize a couple of years ago, Malala Yousafzai has raised millions of dollars to support the education of girls around the world.

Her autobiography, "I am Malala," is an international bestseller that's been published in 27 different languages. The 19-year-old will be speaking in English when she appears in Minneapolis Tuesday evening, telling a crowd at Target Center what it's like to take a bullet in the head for insisting she has a right to an education.

Malala's story

Though she now lives in the United Kingdom, the biography on her website explains that Malala Yousafzai was born in 1997 in a part of northern Pakistan known as the Swat Valley, where her father ran a school.

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During her childhood the Taliban gained control of the region and began to enforce its edict that girls should not be educated.

Malala and her father were defiant and she became an activist – blogging about the issue on the BBC website and receiving Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize in 2011, according to the Malala Fund site.

In October of 2012 a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus, asked for Malala by name, and then shot the 15-year-old, with the bullet piercing her head, neck, and shoulder.

But at a hospital in Birmingham, England, Malala recovered from her wounds and she was back in school again five months later. The episode drew worldwide attention to her cause. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in December of 2014 at the age of 17.


Her speaking tour

The Providence Journal reports that as of two months ago, the Malala Fund reported $2.5 million in assets. According to the Fund's website, 60 million girls around the world have been taken out of school before finishing their education.

Providence was one of five U.S. stops on her tour. The Journal says Yousafzai commands a speaking fee of $152,000. Tickets for her Minneapolis appearance range from $33 to $153.

Besides speaking about her life and experiences, Yousafzai will take questions from the Target Center audience. The Star Tribune, one of the sponsors of the event, held a contest inviting children to send in written questions and chose three winners.

They include Dominic Skogen, 8, of Plymouth who wants to know “How can people in Minnesota show love to the type of people who tried to kill you?”

'Hated' in Pakistan

While Malala Yousafzai is being hailed around much of the world for her bravery and advocacy, i news journal reports that in her native country there is a very different view of her.

They say Malala is seen by many as a puppet for the West who is being used to defame Pakistan and spread Islamophobia. The journal ranks her among the 10 most hated personalities in Pakistan.

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