When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home... read more
“Our Butkara ruins were a magical place to play hide-and-seek. Once some foreign archaeologists arrived to do some work there and told us that in times gone by it was a place of pilgrimage, full of beautiful temples domes with gold where Buddhist kings lay buried. My father wrote a poem, "The Relics of Butkara," which summed up perfectly how temple and mosque could exist side by side; "When the voice of truth rises from the minarets,/ The Buddha smiles, / And the broken chain of history reconnects.”Malala Yousafzai
“'The Alchemist' - When you want something all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. I don't think that Paulo Coelho had come across the Taliban or our useless Politicians.”
Prologue: The Day My World Changed
Part One: Before the Taliban
1. A Daughter is Born
2. My Father the Falcon
3. Growing Up in a School
4. The Village
5. Why I Don't Wear Earrings and Pashtuns Don't Say Thank You
6. Children of the Rubbish Mountain
7. The Mufti Who Tried to Close Our School
8. The Autumn of the Earthquake
Part Two: The Valley of Death
9. Radio Mullah
10. Toffees, Tennish Balls and the Buddhas of Swat
11. The Clever Class
12. The Bloody Square
13. The Diary of Gul Makai
14. A Funny Kind of Peace
15. Leaving the Valley
Part Three: Three Bullets, Three Girls
16. The Valley of Sorrows
17. Praying to Be Tall
18. The Woman and the Sea
19. A Private Talibanization
20. Who is Malala?
Part Four: Between Life and Death
21. "God, I Entrust Her to You"
22. Journey into the Unknown
Part Five: A Second Life
23. "The Girl Shot in the Head, Birmingham"
24. "They Have Snatched Her Smile"
Epilogue: One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen...
Important Events in Pakistan and Swat
A Note on the Malala Fund
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