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Biography of Malala Yousafzai

            Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997 in Mingora, Pakistan and has two younger brothers. Her father is a leading education activist, like herself. As the Taliban started to gain more power and control in Pakistan, especially the region Malala lived in, Malala in 2009, by suggestion by her father, wrote to BBC (a British news network) expressing her views on education and life under the threat of the Taliban. As a few years progressed, the Taliban's military control on her region intensified greatly. Malala could hear the artillery firing from her house. Soon followed the repressive rules the Taliban enforced on the Pakistanis; they banned television, music, and banned women from going shopping and also severely limited women's education (educationenvoy.org). Malala and her father began to get fearful of the Taliban attacking them, due to Malala's outspoken criticism of the Taliban. Her father wanted to move her out of the region they lived in, and into a boarding school, but she refused. She refused to let the Taliban control her life. Due to fear of his daughter's safety, her father suggested that they stop their campaign for human rights, especially in Pakistan. Malala responded by asking her father "How can we do that? " You [her dad] was the one who said if we believe in something greater than our lives, then our voices will only multiply ever if we are dead. We cannot disown our campaign " (I am Malala p. 188). After her BBC blog ended, she was featured in a documentary, which made her a universal figure for women's education, which of course, the Taliban did not like. She was going against the Taliban's orders, which they would not tolerate. Her increase popularity of outward criticism of the Taliban caused the Taliban leaders to meet, and they voted to kill her in 2012. On October 9, 2012, a masked gunman entered her school and demanded to know which one of the students was Malala.

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