My Year With Malala

A reporter spends time with Malala Yousafzai and her family. Yousafzai became internationally recognized after she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban:

“One day in mid-April, Time magazine arrives with Malala’s face on the cover, as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She complains she doesn’t like the photo.

“Sometimes when I go to their house I notice elaborate bouquets. When I ask where they come from, they say: ‘Oh, Angelina Jolie was over for dinner,’ or: ‘The ex-prime minister of Norway dropped in for tea.’ The family visits London and is taken to see Boris Johnson. He leaves Malala slightly baffled. ‘He just kept saying, “What’s it all about?” ’ she says. In the paper we read she is favourite for the Nobel Peace Prize. My son is astonished. ‘How can she win?’ he asks. ‘She’s always fighting with her brother!'”

Published: Oct 17, 2013
Length: 16 minutes (4,043 words)
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