A year from the day she was shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala reflects, “At home I was just Malala, but here they treat me differently. I think my personality of being ‘only Malala’ or being a normal child…that’s gone now.”
Malala Yousafzai has been in the news recently for her incredible courage after being attacked by the Taliban, her Nobel Peace Prize nomination and her book, ‘I Am Malala’. But in her latest interview to a Pakistani radio station, Malala showed that she is also a teenage girl who enjoys watching the Twilight saga and has her own opinions on Justin Bieber.
As for her book, she says, “I Am Malalashows not only the story of one girl. It shows story of every girl in Swat who has suffered from terrorism and who is deprived of education.”
The Malala Foundation, she said, is an organization for children unable to get an education and who face terrorism not only in Pakistan, but anywhere else in the world, like Syria for example.
She also talked about the horror of waking up to a strange environment in Birmingham after the attack, without her family, and having to worry about that would pay the hospital bills. She spoke of her ordeal and how her injuries left her with partial facial paralysis. She is unable to smile, speak properly and even lost the hearing from one ear.
The lighter bits from the interview were when she spoke about her love for the Twilight saga and how she favored Edward over Jacob. She also expressed her disappointment over how Justin Bieber turned out compared to the nice lad he used to be at 13. Recalling her childhood, the teenager fondly remembered her school homework and the squabbles with her brothers.
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But she keeps slipping into the serious being she is, who as Zarrar Khuhro, the interviewer says has seen more in 16 years than an average 60-year-old does.
“I do want to enjoy my life,” she says. “But if I have to give up a few minutes of playing cricket, or fighting with my brothers, then that’s what I’ll do. What’s important to me is the cause of education and I want to fight for those millions of children who are out of school, who are suffering from terrorism, or are forced to labor, who do not even have food to eat or who are homeless. If I have to give up a little normality for that, then that’s what I’ll do.”