Reported by: The Voice of UK (Islamabad, Pakistan)
Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan home town for first time since attack. Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani education rights icon, has returned home to 2018 her native Swat Valley for the first time since being shot by the Taliban there more than five years ago.
During her first visit to Pakistan since the Pakistani Taliban – now on the run but still able to launch attacks – shot her in the head in 2012 over her advocacy for girls’ education and opposition to Islamist militancy.
Mingora is where Malala’s family was living and where she was attending school on October 9, 2012, when a gunman boarded her school bus, asked “Who is Malala?”, and shot her.
Malala was accompanied by State Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, her family and others as she travelled by an army helicopter from Islamabad to Swat.
“I am proud of my religion, and I am proud of my country,” she told Reuters in an interview.
I miss everything about Pakistan … right from the rivers, the mountains, to even the dirty streets and the garbage around our house, and my friends and how we used to have gossip and talk about our school life, to how we used to fight with our neighbors.”
“I had never been so excited for anything. I’ve never been so happy before,” she said.
She said she has wanted to return before but, aside from security concerns, there was the hectic pace of school and her entry exams to Oxford, where she began studying last year for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.