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Malala Yousafzai finishes school and joins Twitter

By Shivam Dixit Posted on Jul, 08 2017

In October of 2012, she proved that the most terrifying thing to a radical Islamist is a girl with a book. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her in the head in an attempt to shut her up.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani campaigner who survived being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen, has joined Twitter with a call for people to help her fight for girls' education.

 

The 19-year-old sent her first tweets the same day she finished school, which she said was a "bittersweet" moment.

She said her thoughts turned to the millions of girls who would never get the same opportunity.

Malala was just 11 when she first began writing a blog on girls' education.

But it was after she was attacked as she boarded her school bus in October 2012, aged 15, that her fight made global headlines.

Malala was flown to the UK to undergo urgent treatment to save her life. She recovered, and has been attending school in the UK ever since.

 

On Friday afternoon, like millions of teens before her, she took her first steps into the world of social media, using the Twitter handle @Malala.

 

 

As well as calling for people to back her fight for girls' education, Malala also revealed she would be spending the summer campaigning around the world.

It was reported earlier this year she had received a conditional offer to study at a top UK university.

 

 

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She was recommended for a International Children’s Peace Prize for her advocacy. This was before she turned 13 years old.

In October of 2012, she proved that the most terrifying thing to a radical Islamist is a girl with a book. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her in the head in an attempt to shut her up.

 

The cowards failed - spectacularly.

 

Malala went from being a precocious child known by a few to an international figure. One German paper called her the most famous teenager in the world. Weeks after her murder attempt, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against those who tried to kill her. She was moved to Great Britain for medical treatment and improved security. While still recovering from her head wound in England, she started a charitable fund called the Malala Fund to promote Education in general and girls education in particular.

She went on to address the UN on girl’s education, write a book and be a force for girl’s education.

She has been highlighted by Time, twice, as being one of the worlds most influential people, won the first Pakistan Youth Award and in 2014 she became the world’s youngest Nobel Laureate.

She has done this while still attending school herself.

She is Pakistan’s greatest person and represents their greatest shame.

 

(With inputs from BBC, ANI... Pics: Twitter, HP)

 

Prepared by: Shivam Dixit

 

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