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Swat Valley is known for its sunsets and calming sound of the river. It has great mountains and extremely steep hills that stretch very far. At the bottom of the mountains there are houses, shops, and schools. Also beautiful blue green lakes and streams cut across the very tall grass and trees.
Swat is located where South Asia, Central Asia, and China meet. The capital is Saidu Sharif but the main town is Mingora, Malala's hometown.
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"The Taliban Once Ruled Pakistan's Swat Valley. Now Peace Has Returned." Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
"WELCOME TO VALLEY SWAT." WELCOME TO VALLEY SWAT. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.
Malala's home before she was transported to Birmingham, England.
As of 2014, 2.161 million people live in Swat Valley.
Religions of Swat
The religion of Swat was for the longest time, Buddhism. The religion started to fade off and become Hinduism, by the time of the Muslim conquest the main religion was Hinduism.
Swat and the Taliban
The Taliban had arrived in Swat and soon took over the valley. The first threats started from a plan called Radio Mullah. They started very general then they began to get very specific about who they were threatening. Once the threats were getting more and more dangerous, they started doing some physical damage to Swat and the residents who live there. The Pakistan army fought against them and they drove them out, but that did not stop the Taliban. Eventually they did come back. The worst thing that happened was when Malala was shot in the head on the bus heading home from a long day at school. Tons of people were worried about her. She healed really well and is back to living a wonderful life. The Taliban did end up being driven out and the people of Swat are finally starting to calm down. Arsalan Khan, a resident of the city, once said, “Before, we were very scared of them. Our education system was totally down, because when you would go to school, every morning there would be a man lying with his head cut, thrown by the Taliban on the road. Now, we can just focus on how to live normally.” There still is the chance that they will come back as a surprise attack, and leave Swat Valley in shock and confusion.
Malala's Contributions to Swat Valley
Malala is a strong supporter of girls, and children's education. She believes that everyone deserves a chance at learning. Malala really enjoys going to school and when the Taliban started to burn down schools she felt really sad. Malala's favorite supporter through all of this is her father. When she woke up in the hospital she found herself wondering where her father is and what happened to him. Her father would help her follow her dreams. Malala also helped write a journal about everyday life and what happened when the Taliban arrived. When Malala was shot, her thoughts and actions never changed, in fact they ended up being stronger than ever. She was the youngest receiver of the Nobel Peace prize, which she received in 2014. Malala always prayed to God to make her taller. On her sixteenth birthday her prayer was answered, she was granted to speak to the United Nations which made Malala really happy and excited. God had answered her prayers not by height but by her voice and what she believe in.
Yousafzai, Malala. and Patricia McCormick. I am Malala: How One girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print