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Malala Yousafzai To Put Out A Memoir; A Female Teacher Is Killed In Pakistan
March 28, 2013
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It's been almost six months since Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban while on her way home from school.

Now, Malala has announced plans to release a book about her experience called 'I Am Malala'.

The book deal is worth a reported $3 million.

"I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is to get access to education," Malala said in a news release. "I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education."

Female educators and students alike continue to face mortal danger in Pakistan.

Earlier this week, a female teacher was shot and killed on her way to her job at a girls' primary school.

Shehnaz Ishtiaq was killed by a gunman on a motorcycle in Pakistan's Khyber district. She had worked as a teacher for 22 years.

The attack took place in front of her 14-year-old son. Ishtiaq was a mother of three.

According to her husband, she was not concerned about violence prior to the attack.

"She never told me about any threats or fears she had... she was not scared of militancy in the region," Khan Ishtiaq told The Express Tribune. "I never thought such a tragedy would happen."

On his website, Gordon Brown has called the killing "a Malala-like attack."

He says he's asked Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari to increase "protection, security, and safety" for female students and teachers.

Brown is the United Nations Envoy for Global Education, and former Prime Minister of Britain.

Here's an excerpt from Malala's book:

"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. It was Tuesday, October 9, 2012, not the best of days as it was the middle of school exams, though as a bookish girl I don't mind them as much as my friends do. We'd finished for the day and I was squashed between my friends and teachers on the benches of the open-back truck we use as a school bus. There were no windows, just thick plastic sheeting that flapped at the sides and was too yellowed and dusty to see out of, and a postage stamp of open sky at the back through which I caught a glimpse of a kite wheeling up and down. It was pink, my favourite colour."

Via The Toronto Star

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