Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzei has addressed the United Nations.
She spoke of the horrifying moment she was shot by Taliban gunmen:
“On the ninth of October 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too. They thought that the bullet would silence us. But they failed. And out of that silence came thousands of voices. The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions. But nothing changed in my life, except this. Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage was born. I’m not against anyone, neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I’m here to speak up for the right of education of every child.”
In a brave and erudite address she said extremists feared education and feared women. She also offered a word of thanks to the medical teams in Pakistan and the UK who managed her recovery.