I AM MALALA: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban


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I COME FROM a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

One year ago I left my home for school and never returned. I was shot by a Taliban bullet and was flown out of Pakistan unconscious. Some people say I will never return home but I believe firmly in my heart that I will. To be torn from the country that you love is not something to wish on anyone.

Now, every morning when I open my eyes, I long to see my old room full of my things, my clothes all over the floor and my school prizes on the shelves. Instead I am in a country which is five hours behind my beloved homeland Pakistan and my home in the Swat Valley. But my country is centuries behind this one. Here there is any convenience you can imagine. Water running from every tap, hot or cold as you wish; lights at the flick of a switch, day and night, no need for oil lamps; ovens to cook on that don’t need anyone to go and fetch gas cylinders from the bazaar. Here everything is so modern one can even find food ready cooked in packets.

When I stand in front of my window and look out, I see tall buildings, long roads full of vehicles moving in orderly lines, neat green hedges and lawns, and tidy pavements to walk on. I close my eyes and for a moment I am back in my valley – the high snow-topped mountains, green waving fields and fresh blue rivers – and my heart smiles when it looks at the people of Swat. My mind transports me back to my school and there I am reunited with my friends and teachers. I meet my best friend Moniba and we sit together, talking and joking as if I had never left.

Content:-
Cover
Title Page
Dedication
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, Tennis 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 Talibanisation
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 . . .
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Important Events in Pakistan and Swat
A Note on the Malala Fund
Picture Section
Additional Credits and Thanks
Copyright

Author Details
"Malala Yousafzai"
with 
"Christina Lamb"




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