While everything Malala Yousafzai said on the Jon Stewart show was absolutely life-affirming, there was a particular moment when Stewart asked her when was it that she realised that the Taliban had made her a target.
When in 2012, we were – I was with my father and someone came and she told us have you seen on Google, if you search your name, that the Taliban has threatened you, and I could not believe it.
I said it’s not true, and even after we saw the threat 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, cause I was 14 at that time.
But then later on I used to – I started thinking about that and and I used to think that the Talib would come and he would just kill me, but then I said: if he comes what would you do Malala?
Then I would reply myself: that Malala take a shoe and hit him, but then I said – then I said:
If you hit a Talib with your shoe then there would 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 even want education for your children as well, and I will tell him that’s what I want to tell you. Now do what you want.