Malala Yousafzai On Having The Courage To Speak Out Against The Taliban

“I was not worried about myself that much. I was worried about my father. Because we thought that the Taliban are not that much cruel, that they would kill a child, because I was 14 at that time.

But then later on… I started thinking about that. And I used to think that the Talib would come, and that he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, then what would you do, Malala?’ Then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ (Laughs.)

But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there will be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others that much with cruelty, and that much harshly. You must fight others, but through peace, and through dialogue, and through education.’ Then I said ‘I’ll tell him how important education is. And that I would want education for your children as well.’ And I’ll tell him ‘That’s what I want to tell you. Now do what you want.”

Malala Yousafzai, asked by Jon Stewart what gave her the courage to speak out against the Taliban —  who attacked the then-14-year-old girl for advocating on behalf of girls’ education — on “The Daily Show.” See a clip above and the whole inspiring interview at the link. [The Daily Show]