Malala In Critical Condition: Update On The Teen Activist Gunned Down By Taliban

by Kaitlin Cole

As we blogged yesterday, Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old activist from Pakistan, was shot in the head and neck after members of the Taliban held up the van she was riding home from school in. The bullet barely missed Malala’s brain, and other students also suffered injuries.  The shooters have been identified, but the Taliban is still promising to kill Malala if she survives.  She has been especially active in advocating for girls’ education, something that the Taliban wants to end. 

Doctors were able to dislodge the bullet from her neck, but today she has been moved by helicopter to a military hospital in Rawalpindi as she remains in critical condition. Malala’s uncle stated that she has not been awake or responsive since the surgery to remove the bullet. She is also currently suffering from severe edema (swelling) of the head.

You can watch the video below to hear about Malala’s condition as well as see clips of the incredibly brave activist’s interview with CNN from 2011.


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