When Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in October for her support of girls’ education, it wasn’t clear whether she would make it or not. The world rallied for Malala’s health and cause, and now the teen activist has been released from the hospital.
She had been staying at a British hospital, and the doctors there deemed her well enough to be discharged. This is great news, but it doesn’t mean Malala is 100% better. She’ll be back in physicians’ care soon for cranial reconstructive surgery, because a shattered part of her skull still needs to be replaced — with a titanium plate or some of her bone from elsewhere.
For now Malala is still in England, and it’s uncertain where she’ll choose to live in her future and if she’ll go back to her homeland of Pakistan. The Taliban has said it would try to assassinate her again, and Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has promised her government protection.
Lots of us go to school every day without thinking about it, so can you image being threatened with death for wanting to learn? There are many parts of the world were kids don’t have access to education, especially girls, and Malala has become a symbol and leader for the cause of universal access to education. She was kinda the unofficial hero of the first ever International Day of the Girl, and she was runner-up for Time’s 2012 Person of the Year. The world is watching to see what will happen next.
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