For these people, the question of NATO supply routes is not a political one, but a matter of life and death.
Not only did Farida and Noor finish University, they are now changing attitudes and empowering other women in FATA.
Since 2005 to date, nine journalists have lost their lives reporting from the tribal areas.
In militant connections, opportunity beckons.
There is no longer any opposition to polio immunisations amongst prayer leaders in target areas.
Walking the 500 metres to the school is not an easy task for a little girl hobbled by polio.
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