Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai (20), was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban for her outspoken campaigning over girls’ rights to an education. Five years have passed since she narrowly avoided death and she has now attended her first lecture at the University of Oxford. Malala is enrolled as a student of Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls' education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford. pic.twitter.com/sXGnpU1KWQ
— Malala (@Malala) October 9, 2017
Within hours more than 220,000 people had liked the post, which had been retweeted more than 73,000 times. Thousands of well-wishers also responded with messages of congratulations.
Her brother, Khushal Yousafzai, tweeted in reply: “Sorry for being a headache for the last 5years. So grateful you are still with us. Ik (I know) you miss me but i am coming to oxford in 2years.”
Malala’s career as an activist began in early 2009, when she started writing a blog for the BBC about her life under Taliban occupation and promoting education for girls in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. But her campaign angered local militants and she was shot during an assassination attempt while taking the bus to school.