Malala Yousafzai, the euronews person of 2012, has come to symbolise the struggle for girls’ education in Pakistan, and courage in the face of death threats.
From the age of 11 she challenged the Taliban’s ban on girls going to school and became widely known.
Her punishment was ruthless. In October as she travelled home from school in the Swat Valley, she was shot in the head. Two other girls in the bus were injured.
Malala was taken to hospital in Britain. For her father, even her reaction upon waking from a coma was typical of her character.
“She also asked her mother ‘How are the two other girls, Shazia and Kaynat?’. She enquired about their health and she told me on (the) phone to ‘please bring me my books of Class 9, I will take my examination in Swat’,” said Ziauddin Yousafzai.
Doctors say Malala is expected to make a full recovery.
Her courage has brought her peace prizes; the UN declared a day in November “Malala Day”.
Back home in Pakistan militants continue to threaten those they accuse of supporting her.
Malala Yousafzai: the girl who took on the Taliban
Review of the year 2012