In May 2009, the Pakistani army finally launched an attack against the Taliban in Swat. Malala and her family, along with millions of others, escaped to the south. After three months, the conflict was over, and it was safe to go home.
Not long after, Malala began an attack of her own. She came forward as the famous blogger. She appeared on television, and she gave powerful speeches to Pakistani children. Her message: All children deserve the chance to get an education.
But in 2010, notes began appearing under Malala’s door, ordering her to give up her crusade—or else. Malala refused to back down, and in October 2012, the Taliban shot her.
Malala was flown to a hospital in England that treats serious brain injuries, and her family soon joined her there. Meanwhile, the Taliban spoke out, declaring that the shooting was a warning to other girls not to follow Malala’s example.
But people around the world refused to be intimidated, and they continued Malala’s fight. Protesters marched, many of them kids carrying signs that read “I Am Malala.”