Apparently, some Muslim women believe that Malala lied about the Taliban trying to stop girls from attending school, accusing her of being a tool of the evil Western media who only want to vilify Islam.
Malala was 11 years old when the Taliban came to her hometown in Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan. Suddenly fear was everywhere. The town’s public square was nicknamed “Slaughter Square” because of all the beheadings and corpses. Women were publicly flogged. And Malala’s own father was targeted for death because he spoke out against the Taliban and for educating girls.
While others cowered in fear, Malala — named for a famous Afghan woman warrior — was filled with courage. When the Taliban issued an edict banning all girls from going to school, she spoke up when no one else would. She blogged about the Taliban attacks on schools for the BBC, and even appeared in a New York Times documentary, saying defiantly: “They cannot stop me. I will get my education — if it is in home, school, or anyplace.”
As she and her friends on the bus were singing on the way home, playing the sides of her school bus like a drum, she never imagined that the young man who boarded the bus and asked “Who is Malala?” was an assassin sent by the Taliban to kill her.
During her remarkable recovery, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, published a book, I Am Malala, and continues to publicly, bravely, fight so that girls around the world are guaranteed the right to an education.
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