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Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai returns to Pakistan to help flood victims

The Pakistani education rights icon last visited Pakistan nearly four years ago in 2018 - it was the first time she returned home to her native Swat Valley after being shot by the Taliban there

October 11, 2022
Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai at the Karachi airport. —Courtesy our correspondent
Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai at the Karachi airport. —Courtesy our correspondent

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has reached Pakistan to help flood victims.

She landed at the Karachi airport amid strict security, Geo News reported Tuesday morning. Malala's parents are also visiting with her.

The Pakistani education rights icon last visited Pakistan nearly four years ago in 2018. It was the first time she returned home to her native Swat Valley after being shot by the Taliban there.

In October 2012, Malala — then 15 years old — was shot in the head at point-blank range by Taliban gunmen as she was returning from her school in the Swat Valley.

She suffered bullet injuries and was admitted to the military hospital Peshawar but was later flown to London for further treatment. The shooting drew widespread international condemnation.

She has become an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to the Taliban's efforts of denying women education and other rights.

In 2014, Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17 in recognition of her efforts for children's rights.

The Nobel laureate has now returned to the country for the second time to provide help to the affected people in the flood-hit areas of Sindh.