In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old worldwide symbol for peace and education, details the day when a Taliban assassin shot her point-blank in the head on her way home from school.
"On the day when I was shot, all of my friends' faces were covered, except mine," said Malala, recalling the Oct. 9, 2012, bus ride in the SWAT Valley of Pakistan.
"Was that wise?" asked Sawyer. "It was brave, but was it wise?"
"At that time, I was not worried about myself," said Malala. "I wanted to live my life as I want. And I said that it's my right to be without covering my face. I was not expecting them to kill a young girl or to kill a child."
Malala was 11 years old when she took a stand against the Taliban, who had issued an edict that all girls' schools should be closed. Her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, ran a girls' school, and had been targeted for death by the Taliban. And Malala's increasing visibility put her at risk as well.
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