Malala's story: A 13-year-old's struggle against terrorism

“I wanted to be able to attend school again. I wished for peace" says Malala.

Express April 06, 2012

When terrorists took over Swat in 2007, one of the major changes that took place was the ban on education for girls. That is when Malala Yousafzai, a 13 year old girl from Mingora realized how important education was for her.

Before this incident, Malala did not know why she had to go to school.

She reminisces those days as being ‘black days’ of their lives. She could not understand why they were being terrorised and especially, why no one was doing anything about it. Those were times when no one would speak up against terrorism as it was considered a very big thing.

Malala, however, chose to speak her mind to the media. She told her father that she wanted to give an interview as she wanted an opportunity to reveal to the world the injustice they were facing. She gave an interview and gradually she turned this into a routine.

She transferred her thoughts to paper like one would in a diary and started sending these entries to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Malala wrote the diary for four months and poured her heart out.

Malala’s struggle earned her not only peace in Swat and education for girls, but also an unexpected reward. She was presented with the National Peace Award by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for her struggle against terrorism.

Malala is the first student to be presented with this award. Gilani on the occasion said, “This award will be presented every year to youngsters possessing extraordinary skills”.

To add to the honour, an award in her name was introduced on a national level which would go down in history as the Malala Peace Award.

“I wanted to be able to attend school again. I wished for peace. The only reward I wanted was peace in Swat. I didn’t want any other award, nor did I think I would get one”, said Malala.

The video above was shot by Think Twice Pakistan.

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Ali | 9 years ago | Reply Brave girl! I wish you had not chosen the BBC for your diary though. BBC is no different from SKY or CNN. There are many channels in Pakistan that could have taken your story seriously.
Tehreek-e-Insaf FATA | 9 years ago | Reply

Dear Malala: We love you. Pakistan is proud of you. Stay blessed and safe. Keep up the good work that you are doing. And please do pray for your countless brothers / sisters from FATA who have not been as lucky as you are (there is no peace in sight, not even after 11 years of "Others' War". Please pray for the tribal children whose education, childhood and innocence have been ruined by "drone strikes, military operations, militant attacks" (in short "War Of Terror"). All those children who are simply COLLATERAL DAMAGE for all the warring parties i.e. the Pakistani Govt, the Militants and the Americans (for the Human Rights groups and so-called Liberals too). Nisar Mai teri galiyon pe aey Watan ke jahan, Chali hai Rasm ke koi na sar utthaa k chaley. Pakistan Zindabad.

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