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Pakistani Girl Who Was Shot By The Taliban Reunited With Her Family; Malala Yousafzai Said To Be Wal
October 26, 2012
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More encouraging news today about Malala Yousafzai - the teenage Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban.

Her father spoke to the media and said "She is improving with encouraging speed and we are very happy."

He also said that Malala was walking, talking, eating and smiling.

Ziauddin Yousafzai flew to Britain from Pakistan last night, with his wife and two sons and visited Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

"I love her," he said during a news conference. "Last night when we met her there were tears in our eyes out of happiness. For some time we all cried a bit."

"The person who attacked her wanted to kill her, but she fell temporarily. She will rise again and she can stand now. But when she fell, Pakistan stood and the world rose. This is a turning point."

In the video below, you can see Malala's father at the news conference, as posted on The Daily Telegraph's website.

A Pakistani government minister who visited the hospital told The Telegraph "The good news is that she is recovering fast. She appears to have no long-term disability.
She has gradually regained her memory."

"Her remarkable recovery sends a very positive message to the people of Pakistan, that the forces of terror cannot win," the minister said.

Malala, who is now 15, has also asked her father to bring school books from Pakistan to England so she could study for her exams.

That is, of course, why the Taliban shot her - because ever since she was 11, she has stood up for a girl's right to go to school and get an education.

Malala was shot more than weeks ago, as she was travelling home from school on a bus. Two gunmen came on board and one shot her in the head.

The bullet grazed her brain before going through her neck and ending up in her left shoulder. It came within centimetres of killing her.

Recently, she was flown from Pakistan to England to receive specialized treatment. The hospital has been overwhelmed by gifts and get well wishes from around the world.

Malala's father gave thanks saying "An attacker, who could be called the agent of Satan, he attacked, but after that I found angels on my side, everywhere, all around me, until this time and this place."

He also talked about how scared he was that Malala would die.

"A stage came in Peshawar... I told to my brother in law that you should make preparations for her funeral. There was a stage, but thankful to God...." he said, as he wiped away tears.

Malala has also started trauma counselling to help her deal with everything.

Doctors say she'll need more surgery, to reconstruct her skull - either by reinserting bone or using a titanium plate.

But that is still months away, as Malala has to be strong enough for another operation.

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