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Update: 14 Year Old Pakistani Girl Who Was Shot By Taliban Airlifted To The U.K. For Specialized Car
October 15, 2012
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An update on Malala Yousafzai - the 14 year old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on behalf of girls' rights.

Today, she was airlifted to the United Kingdom, so she can receive the kind of expert, long-term care she needs to recover.

A specially equipped air ambulance - provided by the United Arab Emirates - flew Malala out of Pakistan. Until now, she was being treated at a military hospital in Pakistan.

A panel of doctors recommended she be flown to a centre in the U.K., which specializes in treating children with severe injuries - both physically and psychologically.

The plane stopped for several hours in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on the way to the U.K. Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.A.E. visited Malala during the stop and said she appeared to be in stable condition.

He said her parents were not on the plane.

British officials say Malala will be treated in a public hospital, but they aren't releasing any other details for reasons of patient confidentiality and security.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in a statement. "Malala's bravery in standing up for the right of all young girls in Pakistan to an education is an example to us all."

Last week, doctors in Pakistan removed a bullet from Malala's neck that was pointed toward her spine.

Officials said her recovery has been satisfactory and she was able to move her legs and hands several days ago when her sedatives were reduced.

They have not said whether she suffered any brain damage or other permanent damage.

Today, officials said Malala has damaged bones in her skull that need to be repaired or replaced, and she will need "intensive neuro rehabilitation."

Her family approved the decision to send her to the U.K. Pakistan's government will pay for her treatment.

Malala was targeted by the Taliban as she was heading home from school. Two men stopped the school bus she was on. One of them asked the girls "who is Malala Yousafzai". The girls pointed and he shot her.

Two other girls were wounded and are being treated in Pakistan.

Malala is admired across Pakistan. At 11, she stood up to the former Taliban regime - defending a girl's right to go to school and get an education.

She even wrote a diary for the BBC - under the pseudonym Gul Makai - speaking out about the brutal oppression under the Taliban, who had taken control of the Swat Valley and started blowing up girls' schools.

She also wrote about how she would secretly go to school in her regular clothes (as opposed to her uniform), hiding books under her clothes.

Last year, Malala was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize, which is organized by a Dutch organization called KidsRights. She also received one of Pakistan's highest civilian awards for her bravery.

Here's a clip from an excellent documentary from The New York Times about Malala and her father. It was done as the Taliban were about to shut down girls' schools.

Malala was 11 at the time and had dreams of becoming a doctor.

On the one hand, she's incredibly brave; on the other, deeply afraid of the Taliban. It's inspiring, heartbreaking, and definitely worth watching.

You can see the full documentary here.

The shooting has angered Pakistanis of all political, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Since the attack, many people have gathered to pray for Malala's recovery and protest against the Taliban. Yesterday, tens of thousands people showed up for a demonstration in Karachi.

In claiming responsibility for the shooting, the Taliban said Malala was "promoting secularism" and was a "western minded girl".

A Taliban spokesperson said "We warned her several times to stop speaking against the Taliban. This is a clear a message for the rest of the youth as well. Whoever is found following Yousafzai will meet the same fate."

A spokesperson has also told the BBC if she survives, they'll go after her again.

Malala's brother told the BBC that the militants were "cruel, brutal people" and urged all Pakistanis to condemn them.

A former mayor in the Swat Valley Jamal Nasir told The Australian that Malala was placed on a Taliban hit list early last year.

"I know the family very well," he said. "She is just a small kid who wanted to study and spoke in public about it. This was her crime. We are all very angry about this."

In an editorial, the English language newspaper 'The News' said "We are infected with the cancer of extremism and unless it is cut out, we will slide ever further into the bestiality that this latest atrocity exemplifies."

Pakistan's President, Prime Minister and Army Chief have all condemned the shooting, and promised to keep up the fight against militants.

In a statement, the army chief said the Taliban had "failed to grasp that she is not only an individual, but an icon of courage and hope".

The U.S. State Department has called the shooting barbaric and cowardly. Thousands of people around the world have sent her messages of support through social media.

The Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in late 2007 but were driven out of power by Pakistani forces in 2009.

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