Since Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus near her home in Pakistan, the 15-year-old has become a household name- for her campaigning and her courage.
Today in her first recorded statement, she thanked the thousands of people around the world who have supported her and her family as she has recovered here in the UK.
'Today you can see that I am alive,' she says in a voice that belies the trauma she has endured. 'I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and … I am getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people – men, women, children – all of them have prayed for me.'
The video, which was recorded before an operation to reconstruct her skull on Saturday, makes it clear that Malala plans to continue her fight.
'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,' she said.
The fund has been established by the charity Vital Voices, it supports Malala’s campaign for the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and around the world and it will provide grants to civil society organizations and individuals focused on education.
Words: By Christina Quaine