Exclusive - Malala Yousafzai Extended Interview Pt. 1

  • Aired:  10/08/13
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, "I Am Malala" author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown. (6:17)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

SHE'S THE YOUNGEST PERSON EVERTO BE NOMINATED FOR A NOBEL

PEACE PRIZE.

HER BOOK IS CALLED I AM MALALA.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAMMALALA YOUSAFZAI.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]NICE TO SEE YOU.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME.

>> Jon: IT'S AN HONOR FOR US.

I KNOW ME.

THIS IS -- BY THE WAY, WE TALKEDA LITTLE BIT BEFORE THE SHOW.

NOTHING FEELS BETTER THAN MAKINGYOU LAUGH.

I WILL SAY THAT.

I ENJOYED THAT VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: I AM MALALA.

IT'S HONESTLY HUMBLING TO MEETYOU.

YOU ARE 16.

WHERE DID YOUR LOVE FOREDUCATION COME FROM?

>> WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS AND THISIS THE PART OF OUR HUMAN NATURE

THAT WE DON'T LEARN THEIMPORTANCE OF ANYTHING UNTIL

IT'S SNATCHED FROM OUR HANDS.

AND WHEN -- IN PAKISTAN WHEN WEWERE STOPPED FROM GOING TO

SCHOOL AT THAT TIME I REALIZEDTHAT EDUCATION IS VERY IMPORTANT

AND EDUCATION IS A POWER FORWOMEN.

AND THAT'S WHY THE TERRORISTSARE AFRAID OF EDUCATION.

THEY DON'T WANT WOMEN TO GETEDUCATION BECAUSE WOMEN WILL

BECOME MORE POWERFUL.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: EXACTLY RIGHT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]WHEN DID THE -- WHEN DID THE

TALIBAN COME TO SWAT VALLEY?

BECAUSE BEFORE THEN YOU DESCRIBEIT AS A PARADISE OF SORTS.

>> A TALIBAN CAME IN 2004 BUT ATTHAT TIME THEY WERE QUITE GOOD.

THEY DID NOT SHOW THE TERRORISMAND THEY DID NOT BLAST ANY

SCHOOL AT THAT TIME.

THEY STARTED WITH THE REALTERRORISM IN 2007 THEY

BLASTED MORE THAN 400 SCHOOLS INSWAT.

THEY SLAUGHTERED PEOPLE AND INTHE MONTH OF JANUARY 2009, THEY

USED TO SLAUGHTER EVEN TWO THREEPEOPLE EVERY NIGHT AND THEY

FLOGGED THEM AND WE HAVE SEENTHE BARBARIC SITUATION OF THE

21ST CENTURY.

AND WE'VE SEEN LIKE THE CRUELTYAND WE'VE SEEN HARSH DAYS IN OUR

LIFE.

AND THOSE ARE REGARDED AS THEDARKEST DAYS OF OUR LIFE.

IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR US ATTHAT TIME.

>> Jon: YOU DESCRIBE IN THEBOOK STILL, NO MATTER WHAT, THEY

TOOK THE SIGNS OFF THE SCHOOLS.

THEY WENT UNDERGROUND BUT THEYCONTINUED IN THE FACE OF -- YOU

SPOKE OUT PUBLICLY AGAINST THETALIBAN.

WHAT GAVE YOU THE COURAGE TOCONTINUE THIS?

>> YOU KNOW, MY FATHER WAS AGREAT ENCOURAGEMENT FOR ME

BECAUSE HE SPOKE OUT FOR WOMENS'RIGHTS, FOR GIRLS' EDUCATION.

AT THAT TIME I SAID WHY SHOULD IWAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE?

WHY SHOULD I BE LOOKING TO THEGOVERNMENT, TO THE ARMY, THAT

THEY WOULD HELP US?

WHY DON'T I RAISE MY VOICE?

WHY DON'T WESPEAK FOR OUR RIGHTS?

I STARTED WRITING DIARY.

I SPOKE ON EVERY MEDIA CHANNEL ICOULD.

I RAISE MY VOICE IN EVERYPLATFORM I COULD.

I SAID I NEED TO TELL THE WORLDWHAT IS HAPPENING IN SWAT AND I

NEED TO TELL THE WORLD THAT SWATIS SUFFERING FROM TERRORISM AND

WE NEED TO FIGHT AGAINSTTERRORISM.

>> Jon: WHEN DID YOU REALIZETHAT THE TALIBAN HAD MADE YOU A

TARGET?

>> WHEN IN 2012 I WAS WITH MYFATHER AND SOMEONE CAME AND TOLD

US HAVE YOU SEEN ON GOOGLE IFYOU SEARCH YOUR NAME THAT THE

TALIBAN HAS THREATENED YOU.

I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.

I SAID IT'S NOT TRUE.

EVEN AFTER WHEN WE SAW IT I WASNOT WORRIED ABOUT MYSELF THAT

MUCH I WAS WORRIED ABOUT MYFATHER.

WE THOUGHT THAT THE TALIBANARE NOT THAT MUCH CRUEL THAT

THEY WOULD KILL A CHILD.

I STARTED THINKING ABOUTTHAT AND THINKING THE TALIB

WOULD COME AND HE WOULD KILL ME.

I THOUGHT WHAT WOULD YOU DOMALALA, I THOUGHT TAKE A SHOE

AND HIT HIM.

BUT I THOUGHT IF YOU HIT ATALIB WITH YOUR SHOE THEN

THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEENYOU AND THE TALIB.

YOU MUST NOT TREAT OTHERS WITHCRUELTY AND HARSHLY.

YOU MUST FIGHT OTHERS BUTTHROUGH

PEACE, DIALOGUE AND EDUCATION.

THEN I TELL HIM HOW IMPORTANTEDUCATION IS AND I EVEN WANT

EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN ASWELL AND I WILL TELL HIM THAT'S

I WANT TO TELL YOU NOW DO WHATYOU WANT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]I KNOW YOUR FATHER IS BACK STAGE

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]I KNOW YOUR FATHER IS BACK STAGE

AND HE'S VERY PROUD OF YOU.

BUT WOULD HE BE MAD IF I ADOPTED YOU?

BECAUSE YOU SURE ARE SWELL.

COULD YOU STICK AROUND?

I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MOREABOUT SWAT VALLEY AND WHAT IT

WAS LIKE GROWING UP THERE ANDHOW PEOPLE CAN GET INVOLVED

THROUGH THE MALALA FUND ANDTHOSE TYPES OF THINGS?

DO YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OFTIME?

>> YES, YEAH, SURE.

>> Jon: I AM MALALA IS ONSHELVES NOW.

VISIT TO THE MALALA FUND.

MALALA YOUSAFZAI.

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