On Friday 10th October, 2014, Miss Malala Yousafzai at the age of 16 years, became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala is a student at Edgbaston High School for Girls in England, where she was called out of her chemistry class to hear the news.
The daughter of a teacher, she had openly spoken about the right for education for girls since the age of 11 years.
On October 9, 2012, Malala was on a bus heading home after school with friends in Swat Valley, Pakistan.
On that Tuesday after school, a gunman stormed into the bus, asking, "who is Malala?" and shot her in the head.
At first, her condition was critical.
Malala received an emergency operation in Pakistan, but because she was still in critical condition, she was flown to England, where she fought for her life for the next few months in hospital.
She wrote a book entitled "I am Malala: The Girl who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban."
"Thank God I'm not dead." Those were her first thoughts when she woke up from a coma around a week after the attack, Malala wrote in her book.
She also wrote that she held no grudge against the man who shot her and that she did not want him to pay for it.
In her book she states that "The best way to solve problems and to fight against war is through dialogue."
Today, Malala and her family live in a nest brick house near the hospital in Birmingham, England, where she recovered after being shot. She has largely recovered, but in her book, she spoke of longing for home and struggling to fit in to her new community. She spends hours on Skype each week with a childhood friend in Pakistan, catching up on girls’ education efforts in the Swat Valley but also hometown gossip.
She wears a standard British uniform to school each day — green sweater, striped shirt, tights — but adds a longer skirt and a headscarf for modesty.
She still goes to therapy sessions to regain the use of her facial muscles, she wrote in her book, and tries not to dwell on the operations she may need in the future.
In an interview last August, Malala said that she rarely watches television and deleted the Candy Crush game from her iPad because she felt that she was becoming addicted to the game.
She allows herself to take selfies, she said, but only if they are employed for higher purposes: “We have to use it to highlight the issues that children all over the world are facing, including not being allowed to become educated”.