The father of the Pakistani school girl shot by the Taliban has spoken out on her behalf. From Malala Yousafzai's bedside in Birmingham, Ziauddin Yousufzai reaffirms her commitment to education for girls and passes on her thanks to supporters around the world.
In a video released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he says Malala has been "inspired and humbled by the thousands of cards, messages and gifts" from well-wishers.
It has been a month since 15-year-old Malala was shot at close range on a schoolbus by a member of the Taliban in Pakistan for speaking out in support of education for girls.
– 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.”
Malala was flown to the hospital in Birmingham for specialist treatment following her attack, where she is being cared for by a medical team made up of staff from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children's hospital.
He went on to express his thanks for worldwide support his daughter has received since she was shot.
– Ziauddin Yousufzai
“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.”
Since Malala arrived in Birmingham on October 15th she has received thousands of gifts and messages of support from around the globe.
Some of the gifts include pocket money 'for sweets', teenager's favourite CDs, school books, clothes, toys and jewellery.
The schoolgirls has also received letters from pupils supporting Malala's campaign for girls' education.
Tomorrow has been declared Malala Day by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in his role as UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
This 'day of action' coincides with his trip to Pakistan to deliver a petition containing more than a million signatures to President Asif Ali Zardari, urging him to 'make education a reality for all Pakistani children, irrespective of gender'.