It was an emotional Journey for Malala Yousafzai who travelled to her home province of Swat Valley in Pakistan for the first time since she was shot in the head, neck and shoulder in 2012. “I missed everything about home – the rivers, the mountains, my friends,” she admitted on the four-day trip. “Seeing it again today, I’ve never been so happy.”
Malala was only 15 when she was attacked for campaigning for the right to education for girls in Pakistan. One year later, Malala and her father Ziauddin set up Malala Fund, an organisation dedicated to giving all girls access to education, and in 2014, she became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to learn.
As well as her work with Malala Fund, the 20-year-old student is currently at the University of Oxford, reading philosophy, politics and economics at Lady Margaret Hall, but plans to return to Pakistan permanently after her degree. “It is still like a dream for me to be among you,” she told her friends and family during her visit. “I wish to be in Swat, to be among you and serve you.”
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