On Malala's way home from school on October 9th, 2012, Taliban gunmen stopped Malala's bus. By this time, Malala had become a strong advocate for the education of girls, and even though she was only fifteen, she was already a target for the Taliban. Once the gunmen had boarded the bus, a young Taliban member asked for Malala by name. He then fired three shots at her. One of the bullets seriously wounded her as it passed through her head and became lodged in her shoulder. She was airlifted to two different Pakistani hospitals and then transferred to an intensive care unit in Birmingham, England.
Miraculously, Malala suffered no brain damage, but she required several surgeries. Through therapy and treatment, she made an amazing recovery and was able to attend school in England in March 2013. In July of that same year, on her sixteenth birthday, she gave a speech to the United Nations.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She continues to fight for the rights of young girls to be educated throughout the world through the Malala Fund and believes that her fight for education and equality for girls is far from over.