The teenage campaigner from Pakistan, shot by the Taliban for her outspoken views, is in a critical but stable condition in hospital. 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head in a deliberately targeted attack by the extremists. Doctors managed to remove the bullet in her brain - in an operation, which took five hours. She’s now in semi-conscious and making slow progress in hospital.
These were the scenes, as the young girl was airlifted to Peshawar for emergency treatment, no sooner the tragedy happened. Malala was walking home from school with two friends in the Swat valley, a region on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, which is strongly influenced by the Taliban. Her school mates were also shot and injured. A spokesperson for the extremists justified the attack, saying the youngster was ‘promoting Western culture’ and ‘calling President Barack Obama her ideal leader’.
Ms Yousufzai rose to fame and won several international awards after the blog she’d been writing, since the age of 11, gained notoriety. She writes about the Pakistani Taliban’s violence and the undue influence they have had on her life and that of her friends.
There are rumours that Malala could be taken abroad - possibly Dubai - for further treatment. Apparently, Pakistan International Airlines are getting ready to make that move at some point later on today.
Written and presented by Marverine Cole.