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Yesterday morning I had the unique opportunities sit down with former First Lady Laura Bush for an exclusive interview in Dallas Texas.
The topic a fifteen year old Pakistan -- girl while while I use of site.
She was shot in the head and in the neck by the Taliban.
Targeted because of her efforts to promote girls' education something they -- test.
Wallace -- the attack miraculously.
And is being treated at a British hospital.
Now the former First Lady.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Saying her struggle offers a chance for the United States of America to show leadership.
In the Taliban's war on women.
In the lawless situation this little girl.
Now we're told she was actually fifteen when it happened she was shot in the head.
On her way to school and the reason she was shot is because of her advocacy.
For education for young girls -- That was the price the Taliban felt she needed to pay that this was just the latest in a string of literally hundreds upon hundreds of Taliban atrocities we've seen.
-- -- -- -- Well obviously when the spotlight turned on Afghanistan after the September 11.
Everyone in the United States turned to see what the Taliban at the price that women especially had to pay.
With the government that the Taliban in Afghanistan and in that case it was girls were forbidden to go to school.
Women couldn't leave their house is without a male escort and -- -- -- widows in Afghanistan because that there years war before it man.
And so women were virtually isolated they conducted -- doctor.
If they were saying they really just couldn't leave their homes but what's -- is that we still see -- we still see these atrocities.
In their broad they're not just in Afghanistan anymore this little girl on the -- -- in Pakistan.
And she had a a blog with the BBC and urging her language that talked about a -- she wanted to go to school.
And win the Taliban moved in that the Swat Valley in Pakistan where she DeLeon.
As they started blowing up girls schools.
They decreed that girls on that certain day girls could no longer go to school.
And said she had a block.
They talked about it how she wouldn't Wear her school uniforms when she went to school -- she didn't want to be identified as a student.
And that could she was -- but she continued to talk about it through this plot and she was targeted because it.
As she got on her school class.
And a member of the Taliban walked -- ask somebody you know -- -- And they pointed to and they shot in the hand -- in the neck.
There have been so many examples of this brutality but it it took the courage.
But then eleven year old girl with a start that lying about what they were doing it right.
What may be a sea change.
Well -- that's what I hope that would be the real silver lining there isn't near the good could come this terrible atrocity.
-- girls and women in -- -- are protesting in Pakistan now.
There also I had signs that say I am a lot.
The prime minister Pakistan's.
Happened said a lot like this and my daughter.
Every one -- hit a lot of people in.
Experience -- think the irony that we would happen if in an effort to stunt her first -- -- do community education and then silence her by attempting to murder her.
They actually wound up amplifying her voice to a point that would be beyond even the wildest wildest expectation that's right and that's what I hope happens.
And I hope that governments and people in leadership positions worldwide will speak GAAP.
About the example this little -- said because so often even here in this country when it comes to.
Did domestic struggles were have having -- what I think people feel powerless.
Here we have.
The little girl who could be less empowered in that region of the world and eleven year old girl time mr.
-- And now she's fifteen -- recovering from gunshot wounds making a difference.
And she hands.
She really has that is there a lesson is that analytical and a little -- list and is it to every -- differently worldwide.
At that we do need to have the courage to speak.
And she was speaking that in a place where he really did have to have courage.
And her family could be targeted her father who was an educator than it is an educator could have been targeted and not me.
Still he returned home and you wrote in -- -- -- speaking out is not enough we must improve their world.
Well I think there are a lot of ways we can.
Did in their mini -- examples -- -- people trying to do that worldwide Americans and many other.
Nationalities as well.
Through the bush institute that art is part of the bush Library and Museum that -- -- building here and now it's.
-- we are focusing on women's issues.
Whole women's program we're bringing wind and from the Middle East were in most -- women -- The Middle East and in North Africa.
To the United States in and then tore ship program ballots yet.
With the at the end that if we bring women -- from the same country.
And they'll know each other when they go back to their country and they'll start to be able to build a network.
When -- being credible -- someday you had a Malone you know remember everything would be great.
And we have got a report today that not only is -- Wallace condition improving.
She said -- to be in stable condition and she has stood up for the first time.
But that nine people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
The search for the main suspect continues something's happening in Pakistan right now they had embraced the Taliban.
And this case is caused such national outrage.
That even the Taliban sympathizers there are starting to pay attention and perhaps perhaps see this group.
-- to whom they provided such shelter in a different light.
This little girl story is not just about a little girl it is about Pakistan it is about the Taliban.
And it is about.
In that part of the country something we've been hearing a lot about in this country recently.
We'll bring you more on this story as we get and we want to again extend our sincerest thanks to the former First Lady Laura Bush and -- the bush instituted for the good work it is doing.
But to the First Lady for sharing her thoughts on this teenagers.
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