On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban because of her outspoken activism for girls’ education. Tonight, to mark the anniversary of her assassination attempt, she will give an exclusive interview on ABC.
“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day,” Malala says in her interview, which was pre-recorded but will air for the first time this evening. “But that isn’t the case everywhere. “[W]e are starving for education. … It’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.”
A lot is going on in Ms. Yousafzai’s life now. Her book, “I Am Malala” comes out tomorrow, and there is even talk that she might win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The winner of the Peace Prize will be announced this Friday, so Malala fans can keep their fingers crossed. So far only 15 women have won the Nobel Peace Prize, which means if Malala takes it home, it would be another big step for women’s rights. She is the youngest person to ever be recommended for the prize, and if she wins, she would also be the youngest person to ever get the prize — an inspiration to show that teens can make a difference.
ABC also reports on how close Malala came to dying (“I think death didn’t want to kill me,” the young activist said), and gives big kudos to the doctors and officials who knew exactly what had to be done to save her life. The Taliban is still threatening to kill Malala, but many more people are standing firm behind her, and she isn’t abandoning her mission.
“[Y]ou must move forward,” she said. “You must go forward, because education and peace is very important.”
“I Am Malala” will be available on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Tune into Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Malala on “World News with Diane Sawyer” at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday Oct. 7, and the 20/20 special “Unbreakable” on Friday, Oct. 11, at 10:00 p.m. EDT.
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