Malala Yousafzai: 'I am proud to be a Brummie'

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Wednesday 16 December 2015 12:00

Pakistani girls' education campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has said in an interview that she is proud to count herself as a Brummie.

Malala, now 18, was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 for her attempts to widen girls' access to education.

She was treated for her injuries at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she and her family settled.

In an interview with Jon Snow on Channel 4 News, she spoke of her pride in her new home and how grateful she is to the UK for giving her a new life:

I think I am a Brummie. And I’m proud to be a Brummie.

And also I’m really thankful to people here in the UK for all their support, their love, and for making me feel that this is home and that you have the right to live. And that you deserve love and kindness.

What I went through in my life is a horrible incident but here the love of people really strengthened me.

In the interview Malala also talked about her views on the notoriously anti-Muslim Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, of whom she said:

It's important that whatever politicians say, whatever the media say, they should be really, really careful about it. If your intention is to stop terrorism, do not try to blame the whole population of Muslims for it because it cannot stop terrorism. It will radicalise more terrorists.

You can watch her interview below:

More: This is what Malala has to say about the Pakistan school attack

More: An artist turned Bratz dolls into female role models like Malala