Pakistan teen shot by Taliban is honored at UN - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Pakistan teen shot by Taliban is honored at UN

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

A Pakistani teen that was nearly killed by the Taliban made a heartfelt speech at the United Nations on Friday.

Her story is so inspiring she is known around the world by her first name – Malala.

Living in Pakistan, she started speaking out for education rights in 2009, but Malala was then shot in the head and the neck by the Taliban in 2012.

On Friday, Malala shared her inspiring story for a packed house at the UN.

Malala Yousafzai received a standing ovation after speaking at the United Nations. It's hard to believe that Friday is also her 16th birthday – a day the U.N. has named Malala Day.

"Malala Day is not my day, today is the day of every woman, every boy and every girl who has raised their voice for their rights."

Malala became a symbol of education reform in Pakistan in 2009, even appearing in a New York Times documentary. Last October, she survived the assassination attempt by the Taliban, after being shot in the head and neck.

She spoke about the attack that also injured her two friends in front of a packed house.

"They thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed."

A fearless Malala then took on her attacker – with love.

"I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion I have learned from Mohammed -- the prophet of mercy."

Malala was also presented with the Charter of the United Nations as a birthday present by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. She says she's not stopping her mission anytime soon.

"The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died...strength, power, and courage was born." 

Malala now lives and attends school in the United Kingdom after being unable to make a safe return to her homeland.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:33:53 GMT
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
  • Vandal splashes red substance at NYC museum

    Vandal splashes red substance on NYC museum wall

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:14:21 GMT
    A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall at New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art.
    A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall inside New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art.
  • Manhattan fire hydrant earns more than average American

    Manhattan fire hydrant earns more than average American

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:47:10 GMT
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
    One Manhattan fire hydrant has turned into a cash cow for the city.It's become a celebrity in revenue generator and it does not ask for sick days, gets no health benefits, and no 401(k). Yet it brings in tens of thousands of dollars for the city each year.The old hydrant is so notorious, it's got a personalized sign.. It sits across from 152 Forsyth St. and is a local legend.In just an eight month period the hydrant has caused drivers to get hundreds of tickets.The issue that catches drivers ...
Powered by WorldNow
Untitled

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices