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Malala returns to Pakistan 6 years after being brutally attacked and nearly killed by the Taliban

Category: Gender in the world 

Malala Yousafzai made a triumphant return to her home country, arriving at Benazir Bhutto International airport in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was nearly six years ago that masked Taliban gunmen boarded Malala’s school bus in Mingora in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and shot her in the head and neck from point-blank range. She was 15 years old at the time.



The attempt on her life left her critically wounded. Doctors put her in an induced coma and she was airlifted out of the country and taken to Great Britain where she received treatment and began making a remarkable recovery. The Taliban targeted Malala because she attended school and was a vocal advocated for girls receiving en education, even blogging about her experiences for the BBC. She went on to complete her high school education in England, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, making her the youngest to ever receive the honor, and enrolled in Oxford University last fall.


Malala, joined by her parents, arrived in Islamabad under heavy security given that the Taliban issued a fatwa against her in 2012 after the murder attempt failed, and vowed to kill her. Local news footage showed her arriving at the airport and then leaving in a motorcade.


Her visit in Pakistan is expect to last four days and she reportedly will meet with the prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and several other officials. Much of her itinerary is being kept secret due to security concerns. Malala, 20, was recently interviewed by David Letterman on his Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. She told the talk show host that she missed “the rivers and mountains” of her homeland in Swat Valley and that she wanted nothing more than for her “feet to touch the ground of home.”





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