TITLE: I AM MALALA
AUTHOR: MALALA YOUSAFZAI AND CHRISTINA LAMB
RATING: 4.5 /5
“When I was born, people in our village commiserated with my mother and nobody congratulated my father. I arrived at dawn as the last star blinked out….I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.”
I Am Malala is a remarkable memoir by Malala with the assistance of a journalist Christina Lamb. The courage of a young intrigued me and I was awed at how the voice of one person can have such an immense change. “My mother always told me,”hide your face people are looking at you.”I would reply,“it does not matter; I am also looking at them” Freedom, that is one thing any reader will not take for granted henceforth and the emphasis on the untapped potential of uneducated girls. I was captivated by her plight and vision, needless to say; this book ended up being better than I expected.
The biography is a story of an astounding girl from Swat Valley in Pakistan. Her family background is average but plentiful regarding hunger for education. She has lived through an earthquake in 2005 and a monsoon in 2010 which caused the worst floods in Pakistan, but this were not her worst ordeals. At the age of 10 years, radical Taliban invaded Pakistan. “Moniba and I had been reading the Twilight books,” Malala recounts, and “it seemed to us that the Taliban arrived in the night just like vampires.’’ People were killed, and the Taliban would parade their heads as a symbol of victory, the once serene valley of Swat was now a valley of tears, bloodshed, and fear.
Taliban banned girl education, and they did not believe in the rights for women.Girls schools were being blown up, and threats were relentlessly circulated for those who failed to cooperate with Taliban. Malala and her friends were forced to hide their books and bags under their shawls on the way to school and would no longer wear her favourite uniform to school. Her father being the owner of the school was not intimidated by the Taliban. He encouraged Malala to bravely give speeches for the rights of girls emphasizing on education. He taught her to be fearless in the face of terror. “Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
Despite the threats from the Taliban, Malala, and her family never thought that a child would be targeted by this terrorist group, they were wrong! 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. She miraculously survived, won the Nobel Peace Prize (youngest winner), addressed the United Nations and started a global foundation under her name.
Malala, the girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking up for girls’ education, is a five-star person, so even though her memoir didn’t always hold my attention, her conclusion and her overall message were stellar. So I recommend Malala’s memoir highly enough. Read what she has to say. She’s on the front lines of the battle of our century.