Teenager shot by Taliban is ready to serve after latest surgeries

Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousufzai, the 15-year fearless blogger and advocate for girls’ education from Pakistan survived two more surgeries over the weekend. In October Taliban militants stormed her school van, yelled her name and shot her in the head. On Sunday, doctors attached a titanium plate to her skull and implanted a cochlear device to to her left ear so she can hear. Malala’s doctor has said she has no long-lasting brain injuries and won’t require any more operations. “I’m happy that both of the operations are successful…. I can walk a little bit and I’m feeling better,” Yousufzai said from her hospital bed in Birmingham, England.

Here is a video of Malala speaking on Saturday before her surgery. As you can see, she is ready to “serve the people” and to keep on fighting for “every girl, every child to be educated.” She’s even started the Malala Fund, which you can check out and support.  

transcript after the jump.

 “Today you can see that I’m alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and today I can speak and I’m getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people, because all the people – men, women, children – all of them have prayed for me. Because of these prayers, God has given me this new life and this is a second life. I want to serve the people and I want every girl, every child, to be educated and for that reason we have organised the Malala Fund.”

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  • http://feministing.com/members/liztitus/ Elizabeth Titus

    http://awwproject.org/2013/02/undefeated/

    Malala is an inspiration to girls and women everywhere! I am a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, and as the poem, “Undefeated,” shows, these brave women will not give up. Please go to the blog and leave comments so the women will know their voices are being heard.