Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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 has become 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.

My Thoughts:  I would recommend this book to everyone.   Malala's story speaks to everyone about the importance of education for all and the need for people to stand up to injustices done to their fellow man.  As a young girl, Malaya with her parents' encouragement, made it her goal to bring education to all people including the women of Pakistan who even today are not allowed or encouraged to go to school.  

I also think that Malala's story also is a warning to all who believe in restrictive and "Talliban" like dominance.  In Malala's Swat area, first came laws not allowing women to go out of the home without proper Islam attire to making the girls going to school enter by the backdoor to not allowing boys and girls in the same school to blowing up girls' schools.  

The "Tallibanization" of Swat started with a charismatic radio personality that enticed the people into believing that all of his words were taken from the Koran.   Since many of the people could not read, they did not know that the radio personality was not telling them the truth.

Malala continues to fight for everyone's right to a good education.

Publisher:  Little, Brown & Co.
Copyright:  2013
Pages: 327

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