A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
As seen on Netflix with David Letterman
"I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
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About the Author
Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community.
In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.
In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest-ever recipient at just seventeen years of age. She was also honored with the National Youth Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and the International Children's Peace Prize in 2013, and she was short-listed for Time magazine's Person of the Year.
Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a non-
profit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.
Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. She has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she is the author of five books and has won a number of awards, including Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times, as well as the Prix Bayeux-Calvados, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives in London and Portugal with her husband and son.
Table of Contents
1 A Daughter Is Born 13
2 My Father the Falcon 27
3 Growing Up in a School 40
4 The Village 58
5 Why I Don t Wear Earrings and Pashtuns Don't Say Thank You 69
6 Children of the Rubbish Mountain 80
7 The Mufti Who Tried to Close Our School 90
8 The Autumn of the Earthquake 102
Part 2 The Valley of Death
9 Radio Mullah 111
10 Toffees, Tennis Balls and the Buddhas of Swat 123
11 The Clever Class 135
12 The Bloody Square 147
13 The Diary of Gul Makai 154
14 A Funny Kind of Peace 165
15 Leaving the Valley 176
16 The Valley of Sorrows 189
17 Praying to Be Tall 205
18 The Woman and the Sea 218
19 A Private Talibanization 227
10 Who Is Malala? 236
21 "God, I Entrust Her to You" 245
22 Journey into the Unknown 261
Part 5 A Second Life
23 "The Girl Shot in the Head, Birmingham" 275
24 "They Have Snatched Her Smile" 290
Epilogue: One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen… 303
Important Events in Pakistan and Swat 319
A Note on the Malala Fund 327