In what is proving to be a provocative and eye-opening encounter, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl that was shot in the head by the Taliban, called on President Obama to stop drone strikes in the region during a meeting at the White House.
In the wake of being passed over for a Nobel Peace Prize this Friday morning, Yousafzai met with the President and his family that afternoon to discuss education and Obama’s support for Syrian refugees.
In a later statement, the 16 year-old activist for female education said that she was honored to meet with the President, but also made sure to express “concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism.”
“Innocent victims are killed in these acts and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact,” she said.
Yousafzai is still in grave danger, as Islamic militants have vowed to continue the effort to kill her. The start of her activism began when she was blogging about life as a student in rural Pakistan for the BBC. Last year, she chose to identify herself publicly in a very brave and dangerous rebuke to the Taliban. Soon after, a Taliban would-be assassin boarded her school bus and shot her in the head, nearly killing her.
A piece on the story from Gawker summed up the brave girl’s efforts perfectly:
Getting shot by religious radicals and then telling the President of the United States that the way he’s fighting them is wrong? Malala Yousafzai is way bigger than a piece of medal given out by a bunch of Norwegians.