Justice for Malala Yousafzai: Pakistan Court Gives Life Sentences to Her Attackers
The ten men who attacked teen activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012 were sentenced Thursday to life in prison by a court in northwest Pakistan, reports BBC News. Authorities said that all of her attackers were members of the Pakistani Taliban.
Yousafzai, 17, became a target when she publicly campaigned for girls’ education. In 2012, she was shot in the head while riding a school bus. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack.
Since then, she co-founded The Malala Fund organization, which aims to empower young girls through education. Her best-selling memoir “I Am Malala,” gave her the opportunity to travel and spread awareness about the importance of education. Her efforts were recognized in 2014, when she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai's triumph over tragedy has helped other young girls find their inner strength.
Yousafzai is currently unable to return to Pakistan due to Taliban death threats against her and her family.
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