Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old girl from Pakistan and author of the book “I am Malala”, showed up on The Daily Show and proceeded to lay down one of the most amazing segments you’ll ever see.

In 2004 when the Taliban showed up in her hometown and proceeded to shut down all of the schools and refuse to let girls have any education whatsoever, Malala took a stand. At the age of 14 Malala started speaking out against this decision and as retribution was shot in the head by the Taliban. Rather than silencing her this only hardened her resolve and at the age of 16 she wrote a book about her experiences and her choice to speak out against the Taliban.

From the Washington Post:

Yousafzai said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration’s use of drones, saying they are “fueling terrorism.”

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” Yousafzai said in a statement published by the Associated Press. “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

She speaks to this same point in the Daily Show interview, starting at about 13:25 in.

She was in the United States to promote her memoir, “I am Malala,” and spoke at the World Bank on Friday.


Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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