Malala Yousufzai’s father today spoke on her behalf to say that she has been “inspired and humbled by the thousands of cards, messages and gifts” received from well-wishers.
Ziauddin Yousufzai conveyed his daughter’s message of gratitude one month to the day after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman while travelling on a school bus in Pakistan.
Malala was flown to Britain for specialist treatment after escaping death by inches when a bullet "grazed" her brain on October 9.
Mr Yousufzai, his wife and their two sons flew to the UK last month to be with Malala, who was travelling home from school with two classmates when she was shot at point-blank range.
– Ziauddin Yousufzai
She wants me to tell everyone how grateful she is and is amazed that men, women and children from across the world are interested in her well-being.
We deeply feel the heart-touching good wishes of the people across the world of all cast, colour and creed. They have helped my daughter survive and stay strong.
I am awfully thankful to all the peace-loving well-wishers who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on Malala, who pray for her health and support the grand cause of peace, education, freedom of thought and freedom of expression.
ITV News' Sally Biddulph reports:
Malala, an education activist, is being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
She is being cared for by a medical team made up of staff from the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s hospitals.
Since arriving at the hospital from Pakistan on October 15, thousands of gifts, cards and messages of support have flooded in from around the world.
Among the gifts are pocket money ‘for sweets’, teenager’s favourite CDs, school books, clothing, toys and jewellery. Whole classrooms of pupils have written letters and messages supporting Malala’s campaign for girls’ education.
Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has declared Saturday November 10th as 'Malala Day' in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
The ‘day of action’ coincides with his trip to Pakistan to deliver a petition containing more than one million signatures to President Asif Ali Zardari, urging him to "make education a reality for all Pakistani children, irrespective of gender".
Here's a selection of some of the messages sent to Malala:
“I live in Los Angeles, California, and I am happy for you and what you believe in. I am sad that you are in hospital for what that person did to you and I don’t think that was right what they did. Hope you feel better soon and you don’t stop doing what you believe in.
I am six years old. I have heard about you being hurt by baddies. I think you are very brave and I am sad that you are not allowed to go to school and I don’t think it’s fair. I think girls should go to school because otherwise they would be stupid and would not know anything and it’s fun to learn things.
You are an inspiration to us all. I hope you get well soon. Always believe in yourself and go for your dreams.
Your courage and bravery to stand up for what you know to be right have touched my heart. I send my best wishes for your speedy recovery. Stay strong.