We all want the world to be a better place, yet few of us would be willing put our lives on the line. But sometimes there is no choice. Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani school girl, was forced to face the ramifications of her controversial beliefs in a ways most of us will never have to.
In October 2012, Malala’s school bus was stopped en route by the Taliban. An armed soldier boarded, aimed his gun at Malala, and shot her three times. One bullet went through her head. Her body slumped against her good friend, entirely unconscious to screams rising around her.
This was no accident. Malala was directly targeted because she was seen as a political threat. The Taliban wanted to take her out.