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From The Current archives: Malala Yousafzai on her fight for female education in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai arrived Thursday in her native homeland of Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban in 2012. From The Current archives, here is our conversation with the education advocate a year after her attack.
Malala Yousafzai arrived this week in her native homeland Pakistan for the first time since being shot by the Taliban in 2012. She said it's the happiest day of her life. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

On the anniversary of the attack that nearly took her life, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai speaks with Anna Maria Tremonti about why the Taliban are so frightened of educated women. 45:33

Six years after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunman, an emotional Malala Yousafzai arrived to her native Pakistan early Thursday morning.

"I'm still 20 years old but I've seen so many things in life," the education advocate and Nobel Peace Prize winner said on national television, wiping away tears.

Yousafzai was 15 years old when a would-be assassin shot her in the head as she headed home from school in Pakistan. She was targeted for publicly advocating greater education of girls.

In 2013, on the first anniversary of that attack, Malala sat down with Anna Maria Tremonti for her only Canadian interview, to speak about her fight for female education in Pakistan and life in the crosshairs of the Taliban. 


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