The Most Inspiring Quotes From Malala Yousafzai's BBC Interview
The teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out about girls' rights to education explained why she won't stop. UPDATE: Yousafzai has won the Nobel Peace Prize with children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi.
Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her school bus by Taliban gunmen on October 9, 2012, in revenge for her public campaigning for education for girls. She was 15 years old.
The case attracted international condemnation, and a massive outpouring of support for Malala as she fought for her life.
A year later, now living in Birmingham – where she stayed after being flown there for specialist medical care by two British doctors who treated her in Pakistan – she spoke to journalist Mishal Husain for the BBC's Panorama documentary "Malala: Shot for Going to School".
She explained why she is still determined to return to her home country – eventually.
She said she would be willing to enter dialogue with the Taliban forces who tried to kill her.
Yes...and I want to tell the students of UK to think that it is very precious, it's very prestigious, go to school...
She rejects the idea – spread by some in Pakistan – that she has become too close to the West:
Malala is now tipped by many to become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize when it is announced later this week. She told Panorama that if that were to happen, it would be "a great opportunity", but insisted that it was "not important".