Malala Yousafzai spoke publicly for the first time since being attacked by the Taliban last October to thank her many supporters across the world for their good wishes and prayers.
In a message recorded before her most recent operation on Saturday, she thanked supporters for "giving her a second life" and vowed to continue her crusade for education rights for girls across the world. Speaking in English she said:
Today you can see that I am alive. I can speak, I can see you, I can see everyone and…I am getting better day by day. It’s just because of the prayers of people. Because all people, men, women, children, all of them have prayed for me. And because of all these prayers God has given me this new life…a second life. And I want to serve. I want to serve the people. I want every girl, every child, to be educated. For that reason, we have organised the Malala Fund.
A special fund has been set up in Malala's name to campaign for the right to education for children.
The fund was established by Vital Voices, a global NGO for girls' and women's rights. CEO of Vital Voices Alyse Nelson said she was proud to stand with Malala:
We stand with Malala and girls around the globe who are boldly speaking out as advocates for education and equality. When girls move forward, they take their communities forward too.