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Katie Iacobucci

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of I AM MALALA

I chose to read
I am Malala
because I wanted to learn more about her life and the things she was interested in. When I heard about her story, I was inspired by her passion for education, especially for girls. I'm a big believer in the fact that girls should receive the same opportunities as boys, so I decided to read her autobiograhpy to see what inspires her to speak out against anti-education for girls.


From the moment she was born in the valley of Swat, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai was destined to fight for girls rights to an education. Inspired by her father Ziauddin's current activism efforts and his strong belief that all children should go to school, Malala spoke out against the Taliban and stood up for all the children that have never been given the opportunity for an education. Using the pen name Gul Makai, Malala blogged about life under the taliban regime for BBC Urdu at 11 years old. Her powerful words were enough to tell the world the injustice the Taliban was serving and to win her many prestigious awards worldwide. As a result, she was shot in the head at a point blank range on October 9, 2012. She was immediately rushed to hospital to be operated on in critical condition and was later moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. After a series of surgeries and countless operations, Malala recovered and now lives in England. She still continues her work as a social activist to this day.

The book was organized into chapters separated into four parts that explained and retold her life story.

Did you know??
Malala's medical bill after her treatment added up to 200,000 pounds!
One personal connection I had to this book was how well-supported Malala was in her endeavors and achievements. Without her family, friends, and spiritual beliefs, she wouldn't have been able to reach her many goals for girls education, let alone recover from being shot in the head. Although my goals may be smaller and less significant to the world, I am still greatly supported by many and it has helped me in all my successes. In this way, I connected to Malala
My second connection to the story of Malala is when she wrote: " Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead he made me as tall as the sky, so high I could not measure myself." through this metaphor, she is referring to her wish to God to be taller, but he instead gave her height through her acheivements and sacrifices. Interestingly, I was told the exact same thing by a cristian leadership group at my confirmation retreat. I was bewildered to see that even though there is a difference between the religion of Malala's and my own, the same principle could be thought of. Just like Malala said, once you realize what you want in life tell God and he will shape it into something greater than you could've ever imagined. Her belief in this concept reinforced my faith in it's reality, so I connected to her story in this way also.
Just as I thought it would be, I am Malala truly was an inspirational book. It told the story of a girl with a big dream and how she went through desperate measures to have her voice heard. It has inspired me to make our world a better place as it was a story about an immense struggle to win a significant war of education. Overall it was very well-written and factual (but enjoyable). After reading this book, Malala is now my role-model because she is intelligent beyond her years, isn't afraid to take a stand against wrongdoings, and most of all, is proud to be a girl. I would absolutely, 100% recommend this book to anybody in need of some inspiration and anybody who is interested in leadership and social activisim.
Did You Know?
A get well soon card dedicated to Malala
contained a marriage proposal!
Did You Know?
In 2011, Malala amassed over two million
rupees for all her activism in Pakistan
Did You Know?
Malala had a school named after
her in Pakistan
Did You Know?
Malala recieved Pakistan's first ever National Peace Prize
in 2011
Did You Know?
Malala was the youngest nominee
for the Nobel Peace Prize ever
Here is a poem I'd like to end my presentation with that Malala loved:
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I was not a Jew
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I was not a Catholic
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me

Did You Know?
Malala's favourite colour is pink
Did You Know?
Malala's favourite actress is Angelina Jolie
Did You Know?
Malala received over 8,000 cards during her time in the hospital
Did You Know?
Malala was acknowledged by Beyonce,
Selena Gomez, and Madonna online
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