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I Am Malala
Transcript of I Am Malala
By: Malala Yousafzai
Life in Pakistan, Under the Taliban
One Shot That Changed Everything
On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school on the school bus, Malala was shot by a Taliban gunman along with two other girls. When the bus stopped, he entered the bus and demanded to know who was Malala, before getting the chance to answer he shot her from close range in the head. She was immediately rushed to the hospital where she was then transferred to Birmingham, England, where she would have better access to treatment. Unfortunately, her parents were unable to join her and they eventually met up with her almost 2 weeks later. Due to the impending dangers Malala and her family are unable to return home to Mingora in Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai: Outstanding Speaker
"I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children"
In 2006, a man named Mullah Fazlullah ran a radio show known as "Mullah Radio" in the Swat valley. In his lectures, he praised the Taliban and called for a return to Sharia, or Islamic law. These laws forbid girls to go to school and enforced purda, which is the practice of preventing men from seeing women. Many schools were being blown up as a threat to the children who attended them, especially the girls., who according to the Taliban have to reason to be educated. As these lectures became more popular Taliban rule eventually over took Mingora
"The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women.”
“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
From a young age Malala was outspoken and never feared expressing her opinions. At 16 years old, she was invited to speak at a UN council meeting, with its 400 plus members present. She feels that every child worldwide has the right to a good education regardless of gender or financial ability. Righting some of the wrongs in the world, is what makes Malala so outstanding.
"I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”
“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don't be afraid — if you are afraid, you can't move forward.”
Malala's Influence On the World
“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”
Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and although she didn't win, she was the youngest and only women to be nominated, which just shows how much of an influence she really is.
Malala Yousafzai wrote this book to inform the world of her side of her life. To express that she is not only the girl who was shot by the Taliban, but that she had a whole life she loved and was taken from her because she chose to speak up for what's right. She believes education is a right and every child should be educated regardless of gender or financial ability, and this book helped to spread her message across the globe and raise awareness of the violence taking place in her beloved country of Pakistan.
This book made me realize how the other half of the world lives and what struggles they endure on a daily basis. This book also opened my eyes to the ongoing violence in Pakistan and how The United States isn't doing much to help the innocent civilians, who are enduring these horrid conditions. After reading this book I hope that Malala can continue to campaign for equal education and for girl's rights in Pakistan and across the globe, and hopefully one day everyone can have the opportunity of an A+ education.
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