Jennifer Haltli


Taliban, Pakistan, Education, Terrorism, Nobel Prize, Intermediate, Excellent

Document Type

Book Review


When the word Taliban was spoken in the Swat Valley, ten-year-old Malala watched her dreams of becoming a doctor disappear. The long-bearded men in black turbans wandered out of the mountains, advocating for the strictest parts of Islamic law in a modernizing Pakistan and often enforcing their views at gunpoint. Because she was a top student in the all-girls school her father owned, Malala’s brilliant mind starved when the Taliban forced her school to close. So, at eleven, Malala began giving covert speeches about girls’ rights to education and collaborating secretly with journalists. Following her return to her war-torn city after a long evacuation, one of the Taliban members boarded her school bus and shot the fifteen-year-old point-blank in the head. Her recovery in England was long, but she continues speaking and advocating for educational rights all over the world.