Malala Yousafzai Starts Oxford University on Anniversary of her Attempted Assassination

On the 9th of October in 2012, 15 year old Malala Yousafzai was very nearly murdered by an assassin in Taliban. The gunman was angry with her attempts to encourage education amongst girls in her homeland Pakistan.

After months in the hospital, Malala was discharged and eventually spoke out about the incident at the United Nations in July 2013. She became the youngest person ever to be a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize two years later.

Now five years on after the attack, 20 year old Malala has started studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University. She was welcomed to Lady Margaret Hall in August after graduating from a school in Birmingham.

The influential campaigner posted a poignant photo of her school books and laptop on her Twitter account to commemorate both the anniversary and start of her university course.

Within minutes her tweet was retweeted more than 10,000 times as people and other celebrities around the world wished her good luck.

Her younger brother responded with a sweet tweet and they exchanged some amusing replies with each other. Khushal jokingly said that he would also be coming to Oxford in two years’ time.

She is an incredible symbol for girls in education around the world and we should all aspire to be as resilient as her. We wish you all the best at Oxford, Malala.

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Written by Laura

25, Marvel nerd, wine lover