Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

11/9/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

15-year-old Malala Yousafzai defies Taliban by openly reading books while in hospital

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in her native Pakistan by Taliban agents for daring to author a blog demanding education for women in her homeland. The unarmed schoolgirl was shot in the head while riding her school bus home last month. Now recovering in a hospital in the U.K., Malala continues to flout the Taliban's repressive tactics - by openly reading books in bed.

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban agents in her native Pakistan for daring to demand education for females. Recovering in Britain, she continues to flout Taliban authority by openly reading books while in the hospital.

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by Taliban agents in her native Pakistan for daring to demand education for females. Recovering in Britain, she continues to flout Taliban authority by openly reading books while in the hospital.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/9/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Malala Yousafzai, women's education, Taliban, Pakistan, reading


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Malala is recuperating in Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, where she reads cards from well-wishers. She says she is "amazed" at how many people care about her health.

Flown to Britain for surgery after the bullets grazed her brain, the teenager has become a symbol for courage throughout the world. Thousands of people have called for her to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her demand for women's education in Pakistan, something the Taliban very much opposes.

Her father Ziauddin Yousafzai said she wanted to thank well-wishers for helping her to 'survive and stay strong."

At the time of the attack, Taliban agents boarded her bus on October 9, demanding that other girls identify Malala. The gun-wielding terrorists then shot two girls, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and fired at Malala, striking her in the head and neck.

The Taliban issued a statement online saying that if Malala were to survive, they would attack her again.

Yousafzai, his wife and their two sons flew to the U.K. last month to be with Malala.

In a statement issued by the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Yousafzai said, "She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being.

"We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all caste, color and creed."

Malala has since been showered with gifts from citizens who wish her a speedy recovery. Among the gifts are pocket money "for sweets," the teenager's favorite CDs, school books, clothing, toys and jewelery, while whole classes of pupils have written letters and messages supporting Malala's campaign for girls' education.

"I am awfully thankful to all the peace-loving well-wishers who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health and support the grand cause of peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression," her father said in a statement.

Doctors have established that a bullet travelled along the left side of Malala's jaw, damaging her skull and jaw joint.

Tomorrow has been declared Malala Day by former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown in his role as U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education.

The "day of action" coincides with Brown's trip to Pakistan to deliver a petition containing more than a million signatures to President Asif Ali Zardari, urging him to make education a reality for Pakistani children, irrespective of gender.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

HOLY SMOKES: Smoke from massive garbage dump fire in Mumbai seen in outer space Watch

Image of Toxic plumes of smoke sailing high into the heavens could be seen away from outer space after a massive trash heap caught in fire in Mumbai.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Toxic plumes of smoke sailing high into the heavens could be seen away from outer space after a massive trash heap caught in fire in Mumbai. The Deonar trash dump, Mumbai's largest landfill site, burned out of control in late January and went untended for four ... continue reading


Woman has ACID thrown on her face by husband over dowry argument Watch

Image of Officials say that the majority of acid attack victims survive their attacks - but the trauma haunts them for the rest of their lives (Zakir Hossain Chowdhury and Barcroft Media).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

It's a horrific tragedy that points to greater national shame ... 23-year-old Jesmin Akter suffered burns to both her face and body after her husband splashed her with acid after an argument over their dowry. She is currently at a hospital recovering from the attack. ... continue reading


MAN TURNING INTO TREE! Bangladeshi man suffers from rare skin disease that turns skin into bark Watch

Image of Epidermodysplasia verruciformis or EV creates wart-like lesions on the body. Photo courtesy Zuma Wire/Shutterstock/REX.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A 25-year-old Bangladeshi man, suffering from a rare and inherited skin disease has been called the "tree man." His condition leaves lesions on his hands, feet, and other extremities that resemble tree bark. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Patient Abul ... continue reading


Teenager's ISIS-inspired attack plan using explosive-stuffed Kangaroos leads to arrest Watch

Image of Nineteen-year-old Sevdet Ramadan Besim has been arrested with four other teenagers on suspicion terrorist charges. (Pixabay)

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An Australian teenager has been arrested in connection with a fantastical plot to load a kangaroo with explosives, painted with the Islamic State flag, and set it loose on police officers on Anzac Day. Nineteen-year-old Sevdet Ramadan Besim has been arrested ... continue reading


Vowing to stop ISIS, Filipino Christian militia take up arms Watch

Image of Red God's Defenders are adamant about preventing the Philippines from becoming a new breeding ground for ISIS.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Members of a Christian militia group in the Philippines have taken up arms and were photographed burning the black flag of Islamic State. The "Red God's Defenders," as the militia group calls itself, is located in the mountains of the southern part of the country ... continue reading


ISIS terror attacks reach Indonesia (WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS) Watch

Image of ISIS fanatics pulled weapons and attacked the citizens of Indonesia's capital (Xinhua/Barcroft Media).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On Thursday, ISIS sympathizers armed themselves with an array of weapons and stepped forward to wreak havoc in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. Suicide bomb blasts and shootings ensued, leaving five of the attackers - and several civilians - dead. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Have scientists discovered a new species of humans? Watch

Image of The more we learn about human evolution and migration, the more we realize how little we know.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists have discovered stone tools on the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, which have been dated to at least 118,000-years-old. The find suggests that primitive humans inhabited the island long before the arrival of modern humans. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


AMAZING PHOTOS! Australian angler rides nine-foot bull shark like bucking bronco Watch

Image of Angler Stephen Pateman, believed to be from Grafton, New South Wales, is shown astride a large shark. Pateman wears a broad grin as the shark's mouth gapes open (Stephen Pateman/Facebook).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Startling images of an Australian fisherman riding a nine-foot long bull shark like a bucking bronco have turned up online. While delightful, the pictures raise concerns as the site of the photograph is a popular recreation waterway in Clarence River, ... continue reading


Possible MH370 find leads to unexpected discovery Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH370 continues as authorities announce the wreckage beneath the Indian Ocean belongs to the remains of a 200-year-old ship. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The flight went missing in 2014 with 239 ... continue reading


GRAPHIC VIDEO - Afghan lynch mob kills woman falsely accused of burning Koran

Image of Protests across Afghanistan erupted following the lynching.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Cell phone footage of an Afghan woman being killed by a lynch mob has surfaced online. In March, an Afghan woman was accused by a Muslim cleric of burning Koran. While she was almost certainly innocent of the charges, a lynch mob formed and attacked her. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Valentine: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 14, 2016
  • Saint Valentine and why we offer roses
  • Prayer in Time of Anger HD Video
  • 5 of the best non-traditional ways to celebrate Valentine's Day
  • Stations of the Cross - Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to ...
  • Can you answer these four challenging questions about Lent?
  • Daily Readings for Sunday, February 14, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Deuteronomy 26:4-10
4 'The priest will then take the basket from your hand and lay it before ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:1-13
1 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 10:8-13
8 What does it say, then? The word is very near to you; it is in your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 14th, 2016 Image

St. Valentine
February 14: Click Here for St. Valentine Prayer's Saint ... Read More