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Cousin of Malala Yousafzai Speaks to ABC 13

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Lynchburg, VA - Tucked away in the corner of a secluded upstairs bedroom, Aziz Yousafzai talks of his life, and of Malala's.

"I'm her first cousin," Yousafzai said.

Aziz moved to America three months ago, because he says his life was at stake.

"They targeted the family members who were too close with Malala," Yousafzai explained.

Yousafzai left everything behind, moved to New York and then relocated to Lynchburg last month to find work.

"We had a really close relationship with each other. We loved each other. We lived together and now we got dismembered from each other," Yousafzai said.

Malala's story dates back to the age of 11 when she challenged the Pakistani Government. She also gained fame for giving interviews to media outlets about her life under Taliban rule.

Needless to say, it was not well received by those in power.

"They tried to kill, Malala. But thanks to God, she survived," Yousafzai said.

Malala was shot in the head and neck, but lives to tell her story.

"I see stars in her eyes. Bullet in her head [sic], stars in her eyes," Yousafzai said.

Aziz says he knew Malala would survive because right now, the 16-year-old has too much to live for.

"If the cause will die, she will die. If the cause will not die, she will not die," Yousafzai said.

Aziz says that Malala plans to continue her fight for equality, because he says she's here to serve a higher purpose.

Malala's story has been told around the world. She was even nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by South African activist Desmond Tutu.

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