Author: Sherry Helms
A year ago, a Taliban shook the conscience of humanity when he shot a 15-year old Pakistani girl in the head at point-blank range because of her forthright stand on education. Today, that girl has become an inspiration to many and a symbol of hope in a world ruined by violence and cruelty. Moreover, that audacious girl, who fights for the rights of girls’ education, is the youngest contender ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. The girl is none other than Malala Yousafzai, who refused to bow before an unlawful proclamation and triggered a revolt against the Taliban’s dictate.
On Tuesday, a day before the anniversary of her assassination attempt, her memoir “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban,” was released. In this memoir Malala shares, what she had faced on that fateful day and the encouraging story of her temerity and strong will power not to be intimidated by the terrorists. The book also tells about the remarkable courage she got from her family, especially from her father who motivated her to attend school in the face of threats and pressures.
Published by Little, Brown and Company in the US and written with the British journalist Christina Lamb, the book recounts Malala’s life before and after that traumatic event and her inspiring and long-running campaign to fight for the education of girls in Pakistan.
At the age of 11, Yousafzai started giving TV interviews in Pakistan about girls’ education. However, her identity first revealed while writing an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu blog under a pseudonym. Her blog in which this stern supporter of girl’s education chronicled the arrival of Islamic Fundamentalist Taliban in the Swat valley and their atrocities of daily life became an overnight sensation and soon she became a potential Taliban target.
By this time, this young courageous woman and her father Ziauddin, an educator, were receiving death threats from The Taliban. Even almost being murdered by extremists, Malala did not stop her from talking and writing about education and Taliban’s injustices. She gave an interview in a news channel where she told that she would return to Pakistan one day and join politics. In a nation, where all leaders, politicians, diplomats and bureaucrats have an apologetic attitude toward Taliban, this indomitable girl stands against their tyrannies. For Malala’s courage to stand up for herself and other girls, she was awarded with multiple national and international honors.
In this book, readers will find a comprehensive and engaging detail of the shooting, narrations of the pivotal event, the story of her recovery, and the perspectives of several different personalities. Written in simple English, this well-composed book discloses the serious problems that people from terror-stricken Pakistan has been facing and how an attempt to assassinate Malala shook the world. After reaching at the end of the book, you only get encouraged from Malala on how she kept the guts to criticize the most atrocious and hideous terrorist group, despite being only a child of 11.