In the photo above, a Pakistani student holds an image of Malala Yousafzai. Yousafzai is a 14-year-old education activist whose campaign to win education access for girls became known to the West through her anonymous BBC blog “Diary of a Pakistani School Girl” and the documentary Class Dismissed.
Malala’s goal is to become a doctor. “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school,” she said. “All I want is education. I’m afraid of no one.”
On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman boarded Malala’s school bus, and shot her in the head. Malala is fighting for her life after being shot. On Monday, October 15, Malala was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, a specialized facility where wounded British soldiers are treated.
Photo: Mohsin Raza/Reuters