Friday, October 10, 2014 |
When the Taliban took over her Pakistan neighbourhood and stopped girls from going to school, Malala Yousafzai spoke out - and was shot in the head for it. She recovered, and went on to become an activist and speaker known around the world for her bravery, perseverance and thoughtfulness. I am Malala is Malala Yousafzai's remarkable story, but it's also a story of a family that stuck together as they almost lost their daughter, fled their home, and was thrown into the international spotlight. It's also the story of one girl's tireless mission to make a difference - and how her message spread farther and faster than she ever thought possible.
In 2014, Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
"I was ten when the Taliban came to our valley. Moniba and I had been reading the Twilight books and longed to be vampires. It seemed to us that the Taliban arrived in the night just like vampires...These were strange-looking men with long straggly hair and beards and camouflage vests over their shalwar kamiz, which they wore with the trousers well above the ankle. They had jogging shoes or cheap plastic sandals on their feet, and sometimes stockings over their heads with holes for their eyes, and they blew their noses dirtily into the ends of their turbans..."
From I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai ©2012. Published by Little, Brown and Company .