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Autobiography of Malala Yousafzai entitled I am Malala Released

Oct 9, 2013 13:01 IST

MalalaI Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban

The autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for supporting girls’ education released on 8 October 2013 in London.

Malala Yousafzai’s story is detailed in I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban, co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, and tells of the day two Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus on 9 October 2012, and shot her in the head.

The autobiography talks about Yousafzai’s life as an activist under the Taliban's brutal rule in northwestern Pakistan in the mid-2000s, when the group banned female education and bombed local schools. The book also hints at her ambition to enter Pakistani politics, and talks about her father's brief flirtation with Islamic fundamentalism as a youngster.

Malala Yousafzai now lives in Birmingham, where she received specialist medical treatment after the shooting. The book also tells of her homesickness and her struggle to adjust to life in England.

Malala Yousafzai has also been nominated for 2013's Nobel Peace Prize.

About Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban militant in October 2012 after she campaigned for girls' right to education.

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