A tale of true bravery, Malala refused to sit idle while girls were being devalued and maltreated in her valley. A shocking and yet inspiring story, Malala’s experiences will open your eyes to the lives of those not so fortunate. Many of us live charmed lives and forget that countless people are living in fear and persecution. I Am Malala gives you that timely reminder that perhaps you’re luckier than you think.
“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.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
Malala was born into a land where people fire rifles to celebrate the birth of sons, not daughters
When Malala was born, the villagers only congratulated her mother but not her father. The tribe believes that daughters should be hidden away and only have two roles in life — cooking meals and giving birth to children. From a young age, Malala was destined for more, and it was clear that a life chained to the kitchen sink was not her calling.
Malala’s father recognized the strength in his daughter instantly. He decided to name her after Afghanistan’s greatest heroine — Malalai of Maiwand, a fierce maiden who was the daughter of a shepherd in Maiwand. She died on the battlefield while tending to wounded Afghan soldiers during their battle with the British.
In the following sections of this summary, you will learn about the life of Malala, the brave young girl who risked her life to take a stand against the oppressive rule of the Taliban and defied their ban on the education of girls.