Malala visits hometown six years after getting shot


Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate and celebrated girls’ rights activist, on Saturday, visited her Swat Valley hometown in Pakistan, six years after she was shot by Talibans.

Yousafzai, who arrived in a helicopter amid tight security, described her arrival as “emotional”.

“I just could not stop my tears,” Yousafzai told BBC.

“I’m just so happy to be home and to put my feet on this land again.”

On October 9, 2012, some gunmen shot Yousafzi in her head, for “promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas”.

She spent three weeks in intensive care before having part of her skull removed to relieve swelling in her brain.

Yousafzai, who is currently studying politics, philosophy, and economics at Oxford University, England, upon her arrival, described her hometown as the most beautiful place on earth.

“The most beautiful place on earth to me. #SwatValley #Pakistan,” she wrote on Twitter.

“So much joy seeing my family home, visiting friends and putting my feet on this soil again. #Home #Pakistan

“I had never been so excited for anything. I’ve never been so happy before.

“It is still like a dream for me – am I among you? Is it a dream or reality?

“My dream has come true. Peace has returned to Swat because of the invaluable sacrifices rendered by my brothers and sisters.”

Asked if she had any plans to join politics in Pakistan, Yousafzai said “I have no intentions right now of politics.

“My focus right now is continuing my work through Malala Fund. Making sure we reach out to as many girls as we can”

Her trip to Pakistan is expected to last four days.

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