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me tonight. i'm don lemon in new york. our cnn special about the amazing malala yousafzai begins here in a few seconds on cnn. i'll see you in the morning on "new day." >> good even, i'm christiane amanpour. welcome to a special cnn presentation "the bravest girl in the world." tonight, a question. where does courage come from? real bravery. the sort that changes the world. in just a moment, before a live audience here in new york, some of them even here on the stage with me, i'll be talking to 16-year-old malala yousafzai, along with the remarkable man who raised her, her father. and my mission is to find out what made one young girl in a remote corner of pakistan
decide, i will stand up to the taliban. what gave malala the grit to defy some of the most murderous men on earth? >> 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 it talk. i have the right to go to market. i have the right to speak up. >> before the whole world knew her name, malala was simply a school girl. a small child with big dreams. >> i want to become a doctor. it's my own dream. but my father told me that you have to become a politician. but then i don't like politics. >> the story of malala is that of an ordinary girl with extraordinary gifts. >> some numbers, 208 plus -- >> intelligence, grace, and poise far beyond her years. >> so i told that i must stand up for my rights. the right of education. the right for peace.
so i did it. >> no one was prouder of malala than the head of her school. her own father, zioudean. >> when i saw her for the first time, and i look into her eyes, i fell in love with her, believe me. i love her. i love her. >> their home is in mingora, the largest town of pakistan's lush valley. an area renowned for its beauty, mountains and fed by fresh water streams. it was an idealic life. and then -- came the taliban. the reign of terror began in 2008. taliban imposed an extreme law. anyone who did was whipped. many were murdered. malala saw the bodies of family
friends left as exhibits in the town square. and they feared for her father who had spoken out against the taliban. >> sometimes i think that i will hide in the bathroom and i will call to police and they will come and they will say my father. >> one night the taliban leader took over the local radio station and issued an ominous new order. the yousafzais were forced to close their school. and along with thousands of others, fled for their lives. finally after months of fierce battles against the taliban, the pakistani military claimed victory in the swat valley. malala and her family came back home. she went back to school but this time with a target on her back. one day a a taliban boarded her
school bus. the man shot malala in the head. she fought for her life, first in pakistan, then in england where she was flown for extensive surgery. now, the whole world knew who she was. and what she had fought for. there were rallies and protests. prayers and speeches. across pakistan and throughout the world. >> they shot her. at point blank range. in the head. and made her stronger. >> miraculously the assassins bullet didn't penetrate her brain. the doctors saved her life. and in a matter of weeks, malala reassured the world that she would once again raise her voice. >> today you can see that i'm alive. god has given me this new life.
>> the man who shot her is still at large. and just this week, the taliban, once again, threatened to kill her. but in a speech before the united nations in july, on her 16th birthday, malala said, she has no fear. >> the thought that the bullet would silence us, but they failed. instead of silence, thousands of violence. the terrorists thought they would change my aim and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life, except this. weakness, fear, and hopelessness died. strength, fervor and courage was born.
>> malala yousafzai and zouizean, welcome. >> thank you. >> let me take you back to that incredible day, a year ago. do you remember, malala, what happened to ou not that bus, when somebody asked your friends, who is malala? >> he did not give me time to answer his question. and my friend told me, my best friend maneba, at this time, you just squeeze mid hand, pushed it with force, and you did not say anything and in the next few seconds, he fired two bullets. one bullet hit me. the left side of my forehead.
just above here. and it went down through my neck and into my shoulder. and i think i was hit by only one bullet. and it also affected my ear drum, so now i have problem in listening as well. it also cut down my facial now. but still, if you look at it, it is a miracle. my brain is saved. my spinal cord is saved. receiving fine. i am alive. and i still can talk. i can smile. so i thank god for that. >> your father has been so close to you all your life. it must be still so difficult for you to listen to the retelling of this story. >> you want to think of it, it is very difficult. because in this universe, she's the most precious person for me in my life. and we are not only father and daught daughter, we are friends. >> what was it like when you woke up, finally after all that
trauma, what did you discover in that hospital room? who was with you? what was it like to be awake again? >> when i woke up, i realized, that now i am not in pakistan. the nurses and doctors, everyone was speaking in english. then, the first thing, i did was, that i thanked allah. i thanked god. i was surviving. i was living. i cannot explain how happy i was. how much happy. i cannot explain it. because i was very happy when i saw myself alive. and when i saw that i am living, and i am surviving. and then, i was thinking about my father and my mother as well. and i could not speak at that time. because there was a tube in my neck that was breathing for me. so i asked for a pen and paper from the nurse. and i wrote, many doctors, i did
it a lot of times. and i wrote to them, where is my father and my mother. so they told me that your father is safe. and he will come soon. as soon as possible. and the second question that was really important for me, and about which i was thinking, that who will pay for me? because i don't have money. and i was -- i also knew that my father is running the school. but the buildings of the schools are on rent. the home is on rent. and he cannot sell his school. so that's simple. and then, i thought like, okay, so your father has land in village. he can sell it. but it is very few money, very few amount of money. then i was thinking we might ask people for loan. so that's why i thought that -- i didn't know that the whole world was praying for me and still praying for me. they are supporting me. and now i believe that when
people pray, when people pray to god, for life, god gives. god is really honest. god listens to his peoples' voice. >> what do you think it is about you that caused the whole world to pray for you and the whole world to light candles for you when you were wounded and the whole world to wish for you to be here today? >> i think i must ask the whole world, why did they pray for me? and the first thing is that it shows humanity. it shows love. it shows friendship. and it shows harmony. because not only the people of pakistan, not only muslims, not only pashtuns, but everyone prayed for me. it does not matter what religion they had. they were christians. they were jews. they did not even have religion. but they prayed for me and my new life. >> do you think it was because,
not just because you are a lovely girl, but you add fundamental mission, and you spoke out about it in the most unusual way. what was it that you were thinking before all of this? what was your, you know, your life about in terms of education and in terms of being prepared to defy the very violent opposition that you were facing? >> at that time when we were facing terrorism in swat, especially in 2009, the radio mula, which we call him, he announced from 15th of january, 2009, no girl is allowed to go to school. and if she goes, then you know what we can do. that was his threat. what they did, they used to flock girls. they used to flock women. they also slaughtered people in the squares of mangora.
they treated people like animals. that time, i did not want to be silent. because i todhad to live in tha situation forever. and it was a better idea because otherwise they were going to kill us. so it was a better idea to speak and then be killed. >> let me ask you a difficult question. this was your teenage daughter, she was really young girl. >> yeah. >> and she is just described this enormous public profile that she had. that she spoke, so unusual for girls or anybody to defy the taliban. most particularly girls in that manner. and you encouraged her. >> yes, of course. >> do you feel any remorse, any regret, any wish that you hadn't made her so public and such a big target? >> no, never. remember, i am a pashtun
pakistani. i cann i can never compromise on freedom. i think it is better to live for one day to speak for your right and then to live for hundred years and such a slavery. i will never put my neck into the yolk of slavery. >> later in the program, the bravest girl in the world is still just a teenager to her mom. >> whenever i used to go to the mark wet her, she would tell me, cover your face. see, that man is looking at you. that man is looking at you. i said, mom, i'm also looking at them. [ villain ] well mr. baldwin... it appears our journey has come to a delightful end. then i better use the capital one purchase eraser to redeem my venture miles for this trip. purchase eraser? it's the easy way to erase any recent travel expense. i just pick a charge, like my flight with a few taps, it's taken care of. impressive baldwin.
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you wanted to be a doctor. but your dad wanted you to be a politician. you wrote very nicely about that in your book. and you said, no, i don't want to be a politician. this was before. now you write that one of your heros, one of the people you admire the most, was been zeer bo it o, pakistan's first female prime minister and also someone brutally murdered by the taliban. tell me about what she means to you and do you want to be prime minister of pakistan? >> when i was in swat, and it is the culture that a woman can only be a doctor or a teacher, if she gets education. otherwise she has to be a house wife and feed the children and live the life according to what men says in just the four
boundaries of a house. i was thinking of becoming a doctor because everyone in our classroom said they wanted to become a doctor. but when i was looking at a situation at swat, when i saw that government is not taking an action be a and when i saw that the responsible people are not saying anything, and then later on, i knew that i realized that becoming a doctor, i can only help a small community. but by becoming a politician, i can help my whole country. i want to become a prime minister of pakistan and i think it is really good -- because through politics i can help my whole country. can i be the doctor of the whole country. i can help children go to school. i can improve the quality of
education. and i can spend much of the money on the budget on education. >> you still have huge dreams. they didn't take that away from you. >> they only can shoot a body. they cannot shoot my dreams. and i think my dreams are living. the important thing, the important thing, is that they shot me because they wanted to tell me that we want to kill you and stop your campaign. they did a mistake. a mistake. now i'm not afraid of that. first, i might have been. but now i'm totally not afraid of death. and when i look at support of people then i'm sure that this cause is never going to die. and we will see that a day will
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modest. she wore the full burka all the time. she was conservative. but she was a big powerhouse, and remains in your family. did she also support what you were doing? >> she supported both me and my father and our campaign for education. because she wanted to see peace in swat. and she said what you are doing is right. and other thing is that she supported us in everything but she was just telling me that, cover your face, men are looking at you. whenever i would kbo g to market with her, she would tell me, cover your face. that man is looking at you, that man is looking at you, that man is looking at you. i would say, mom, i'm also looking at them. >> you're 16, really wise, what do you do that's girly? what do you like in movies, music, books? >> first and important thing in my life is that i raise my voice
against my brothers. and because they are still brothers and i'm like the only daughter. so it is very necessity to fight against them and raise our voice against them. and other than that, when i was in pakistan, i liked western music, like justin bieber. but when i came here, when i came to uk, then i was missing my own music and that's why now i listen to push tan music a lot. >> the queen of england has invited you to dinner. you're going, right? >> yes, i'm going. wauz because it is the order of the queen. >> in a moment, a final word.
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so going to school, doing homework on time, being good to teachers and being good to each other, it is a very important part of life. so go to school. >> i need to introduce you to my son. thank you, ziauddin. and thank you, malala. >> thank you. thank you, very much. thank you, very much. for being here. >> bianca. bianca. bianca. ♪ ♪ ♪