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  1. Malala Yousafzai Pakistan Activist, 14, Shot In Swat
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    • What happened to the teenage girl? Why?
      1. She was shot in the head because she defied the Taliban.
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    • Is her life still in danger?
      1. Yes, doctors say the next few days will be critical.
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    • What did the Taliban announce in 2009?
      1. They decreed that girls' schools must close.
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    • How old was Malala then?
      1. She was eleven.
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    • What did she do in reaction to this announcement?
      1. She started a blog for the BBC Urdu Service.
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    • Did she use her real name?
      1. No, she wrote under a pen name.
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    • How did she feel while getting ready for school?
      1. She was very scared.
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    • What did the head teacher advise the girls to do?
      1. She advised them to wear normal clothes instead of a school uniform.
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    • How many girls attended school that day?
      1. Eleven.
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    • According to the family friend, what will Malala do if she gets well?
      1. She will fight on, she will continue to educate herself.
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    • Where is her family tonight?
      1. They are at her bedside at the hospital.
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    • How common are Taliban attacks in the area?
      1. Taliban attacks are common (nothing new) in the area.
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    • What will happen to the people who speak out against the militants?
      1. They will be silenced.
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