On Tuesday Oct. 8, 2013 a book was published called “I am Malala.” It’s the incredible story about an incredible young woman fighting for the rights of women, and for anyone who rights to education is being denied. Yesterday I started my introduction of her. Today I’d like continue the story.
Later in January 2009 the Taliban outright banned girls from schools. They had already blown up over a hundred girls’ schools and the night before the ban the air was filled with the sound of artillery fire. The next day, Malala couldn’t go to school, but she also read for the first time excerpts from her own blog that had been printed in the local paper.
Even after her school was shut down Malala continued to study for her exams. She hoped that her school might re-open, but in February they still remained closed. In solidarity with the girls’ school, the private boys’ schools also decided not to open until February 9.
On February 21st, the local Taliban leader announced that he was lifting the ban on girls’ education but the girls must wear burgas. But only a few days later Malala blogged that there was yet another skirmish between the military and Taliban. She wrote “People are again scared that the peace (that was recently announced) may not last for long. Some people are saying that the peace agreement is not permanent, it is just a break in the fighting.”
On March 9th, Malala wrote that she had done well on a science paper, and also mentioned that the Taliban were not searching vehicles like they had been. Her blog ended on March 12, 2009.
Soon after her blog ended, Malala and her father were asked by a New York Times reporter named Adam B. Ellick if they would like to film a documentary. She was also introduced to President Barack Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Hollbrooke. In her meeting she pleaded with him saying, “Respected ambassador, if you can help us in our education, so please help us.”
Meanwhile, Malala’s father was issued several death threats from the Taliban leaders because of his own work as an activist for education. After the documentary Malala was interviewed all over the world and her BBC blogging identity was revealed in Dec. 2009. She also began appearing on television to advocate education for girls around the world.