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Interview with education activist shot by Taliban [video]

A Taliban gunman shot and wounded Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl who campaigned for education, in Pakistan’s Swat Valley Tuesday, calling her work “obscenity,” the Washington Post reported.

Pakistani hospital workers carry injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, on a stretcher at a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Mingora on Oct. 9, 2012. (Mohammed Rehman/AFP/Getty Images)

The man shot her once in the head and once in the neck, but her wounds were not life-threatening, according to a local doctor, the AP reported.

Malala was nominated last year for the International Children’s Peace Prize for her advocacy work. She became a public figure in the region and even maintained a blog under a pseudonym about life under the Taliban.

In a 2009 video by The New York Times’s Adam B. Ellick, Malala describes the Taliban’s shuttering of girls’ schools and her subsequent exile from Swat:

“I’m really bored because I have no books to read,” she said.

“I think that when I will go to Swat, first I will go to see my [book] bag.”

She also told Ellick about her plans to change Pakistan’s path:

“I thought that I must be a politician to change our country. There are so many crises in this country...and I want to save my country.”

Watch the full video below:


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