Books

I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

Biographies are raw as they paint a portrait to visual a person’s life. Why did I read it? I’m an avid reader of the Filter section in the Marie Claire magazine. There was an article about how Islam men misinterpret the Quran. Automatically, Malala Yousafzai’s story came to mind. She had the courage to pen her daily struggles in Pakistan with the Taliban.

I Am Malala, Malala courageous biography, co-written with journalist Christina Lamb, starts with Malala’s drive home from school on the day she was shot in the head by the Taliban. At 11 years old she was reputable as an international advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan, therefore was targeted by the Taliban for spreading secularism.

Her story is without a doubt stranger than fiction written in a 14-years-old’s voice, are humans so vein? Could this book illuminate the mysteries of the Islam religion and politics? Well, it’s a powerful book, read and learn. Malala’s story emphasizes the value of education, her story is a remarkable light of women’s role in her religion and the groups fighting to oppress women on a daily.

In the first half of the book, she details Pakistan including the history of her ancestors and the northern region of Pakistan, Swat where she lives. Malala also tells stories of her family, giving the reader a glimpse into the culture of Pakistan from a young girl’s perspective. Several stories involve Malala’s father Ziauddin Yousafzai. She describes his involvement in local politics, in the community and his vocal support of education for boys and girls.

There’s no doubt Malala’s passion and courage to stand up for women’s rights comes from her father’s actions and character. Malala’s story is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I admire her bravery and persistence, and hope that her country finds peace.