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Tonight on AC360: Teen activist fights to survive assassination attempt
Pakistani children place oil lamps next to a photograph of teen activist Malala Yousufzai on Oct. 12, 2012. (Photo credit: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/GettyImages)
October 15th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Teen activist fights to survive assassination attempt

Malala Yousufzai, 14, is now in the hands of medical experts in England. The Pakistani teen was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban last week when riding home in a school van with other classmates in the Swat Valley region, near the border with Afghanistan.

Malala was targeted by the gunmen for speaking out about girls’ rights to education. Last year when asked why she risks her life, she told CNN’s Reza Sayah, "I shall raise my voice...I have rights. I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up."

The Islamic extremists aimed to silence her defiant message, and have promised to attack her again if she survives her injuries.

In response, supporters from around the world are holding rallies, signing petitions, and demanding justice for Malala. Yesterday in Karachi, tens of thousands gathered to back Malala’s cause and condemn the Taliban.

A few arrests have been made, and Pakistan's interior minister told CNN's Christiane Amanpour there is a $1 million dollar bounty on the Taliban spokesman who took credit for the attack.

Anderson will talk to Reza about security for her family before she was gunned down, and now. And Dr. Sanjay Gupta will give insight on the recovery process for a patient with severe brain damage. Watch at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

UPDATE Watch the segment:


Filed under: Dr. Sanjay Gupta • Pakistan • Reza Sayah • Taliban
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Teklu Wodajo

    I wish sooner recovery for the teen-age girl, Malala, to continue her struggle for the right of the girls' education. It is the right of every person to have access to education, God given right that no one should deny others! Malala's dream will triumph.

    I also appreciate and thank the the UK hospital and the specialists who are by her side to help her recover.
    God be with you Malala, and we look forward to your recovery to get back to school to reach your goal!!!
    God Bless!

    October 18, 2012 at 1:30 am |
  2. Tim

    She represents freedom. May she live to speak and witness to all oppressed in the Middle East!! Amen.

    October 18, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  3. Eric Chiong

    $1,000,000 for the Taliban spoke person, $100,000 for the attacker? Doesn't make sense. I say git rid of the Taliban like they got rid of the NAZI. Get well soon Malala. I hope you (Malala) win the Nobel Peace Prize.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  4. Andreas

    She might it be alone before,but now,she have in her side all the young people of her generation,and oldest too.Malala is a bright example for the people of her country,she is young.Intrepid,she have nothing to afraid,how much measure the courage of one young person, when have at side the whole support of entire nation against to terrorist Taliban??
    The entire world have the right to education across the planet,who silly people believe today how women must be just a toy for man??
    Get well soon Malala,you are the iron woman for your people.You survive from one attack,now with the strong support of the whole world,you can easy fight the people you try to kill you for your right to education! Hold on Malala,be strong!

    October 16, 2012 at 2:51 am |
  5. Luís Henrique

    From Brazil...; Well, I hope she gets back to life and be self-saved. But I Hope, this thing makes the Nations find a way to take out terrorists and give to Pakistan all Rights which we always have to live. The Law must to endure!

    October 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  6. Barbara

    So sad for her. I truly hope she recovers without permanent brain damage :(

    October 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm |