Pakistani girl shot by Taleban says she is recovering
LONDON (AP) - A Pakistani girl shot by the Taleban has made her first video statement since she was nearly killed, saying Monday that she is recovering.
Speaking clearly but with the left side of her face appearing rigid, 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai said she is "getting better, day by day".
"Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone," she said in the video, made available by a public relations firm. "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. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund."
Malala drew the world's attention when she was shot by Taleban militants on Oct 9 on a school bus in north-western Pakistan. The Islamist group said it targeted her because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking" and criticised the militant group's behaviour when it took over the scenic Swat Valley where she lived.