Uncle says family is “very worried.”
The Pakistani teen activist who was shot by the Taliban is now in “critical” condition, her family said on Thursday. On Wednesday, doctors had said that 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai’s condition was “satisfactory,” but she is suffering from severe edema and doctors now plan to move her from the military hospital in Peshawar to one in Rawalpindi. Her uncle said that Yousufzai had not been conscious since she had surgery to remove the bullet more than 24 hours ago, adding that the family is “very worried.” After claiming responsibility for the shooting, the Taliban warned, “If she survives this time, she won’t next time. We will certainly kill her.”
Taliban claim credit for shooting 14-year-old girls’-rights activist.
Take that, Taliban. Surgeons in Pakistan said on Wednesday that they had successfully removed a bullet from a 14-year-old who had campaigned for women’s rights, while the Taliban claimed responsibility for the shooting. Malala Yousafzai and two other girls were injured as they left school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Tuesday, with militants saying they targeted her because she “promoted secularism.” Her family told the BBC that they had never thought about getting security because they did not think militants would target a young girl. Yousafzai gained international attention in 2009 when she published her diary about life under the Islamic militants.
Sami Yousafzai on the girl who refused to be scared into silence.
A courageously outspoken 14-year-old is fighting for her life in Pakistan tonight. Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head and the neck by unidentified gunmen on her way home from school today in Mingora, the largest city in the Swat Valley. The Pakistani Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the attack. Ihsanullah Ihsan, a spokesman for the militants’ umbrella group, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told reporters in Peshawar that she was targeted for her anti-Taliban views. Two of her schoolmates were also injured in the attack.
Wounded Malala Yousafzai being transported to Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 9, 2012. (EPA-Landov)
Yousafzai (a common tribal name among the Pashtun, both in Swat and in my native Afghanistan) was airlifted from Mingora to Peshawar’s Combined Military Hospital. Bashir Bilour, the chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, spoke to reporters outside the hospital, denouncing the attacks as inhuman and un-Islamic. The girl’s condition seemed to be stable, he said, and she was responsive when doctors asked that she show her tongue and blink her eyes.
Nevertheless, he said, the next 10 days will be critical. After examining her thoroughly, the medical team informed the government that a bullet was lodged in her neck and was moving slowly toward her spinal cord. At this point swelling in her skull makes surgery impossible, the doctors say: the best chance of saving her life is to put her aboard an air ambulance and send her out of the country for expert treatment.
Malala Yousafzai campaigns for women’s rights.
A 14-year-old girl who has campaigned for women’s rights in Pakistan was shot on her way home from school in the country’s northwestern Swat region on Tuesday. Malala Yousafzai was nominated for an international peace award after she published her diary in 2009 about her life under the Taliban, who have since been ejected from the region. It’s unclear if Yousafzai was targeted in the attack. Initial reports said her injuries are not life-threatening.
In 2009, New York Times reporter Adam B. Ellick travelled to Swat Valley, Pakistan, to profile Malala Yousafzai on the day before the Taliban closed her school. Malala was shot last Tuesday, and is recovering.
I told my kids—and you should too: Girls’ education is under threat in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and around the world. It’s time we all took a stand. By Angelina Jolie. Plus: Here’s how you can help.
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