The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban
Author: Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb
“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prize sons.
I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.”
“Who is Malala?” the gunman demanded.
I AM MALALA AND THIS IS MY STORY.
I am Malala reminds you that even one person can bring about a remarkable change in the society. When one sees wrong, one speaks out without worrying about the consequences.
When Taliban came into power, one of the first things they did was shut up the female voice and tried to hide the women behind purdahs and banning them from being out in public.
What comes across strongly in the book is the support Malala got from her dad. The thoughts and the teachings of her father is what made Malala what she is now. Every girl should have a dad like hers. It was because she had her dad’s 100% support, she was able to speak against the Taliban at a tender age of 11!
Malala’s story is inspiring and should be read by one and all, if not anything than to just understand that if a child can frighten Taliban just with her words, imagine what happens when everyone speaks out against every wrong that happens in the name of religion, tradition and patriarchy.