After being nearly killed by the Taliban, 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai finally issued her first video statement.
The 15-year-old schoolgirl who became the face of female educational reforms in Pakistan is now recovering at a British Hospital.
“Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone,” Malala spoke in the interview. “It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people – men, women, children – all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life . a second life.”
“I want to serve,” she also added. “I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organized the Malala Fund.”
Last October 9, Malala was shot in the head on her way home from school. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, saying that they targeted Malala, due to her active stance for female education and “Western thinking”.
After suffering from near fatal injuries, Malala was airlifted to the U.K. to receive intensive care and protection against Taliban threats. Her skull has since been reconstructed after the attack, and a cochlear implant was added to help restore hearing to her left ear.
Listen to her full interview below.