The blog they didn’t want us to read - diaries of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who took on the Taliban
WHEN private schools in Pakistan's troubled north-western Swat valley were ordered to close by a Taliban edict banning girls' education, Malala Yousafzai, then 11-years old, spoke out against the move in an online diary. Today, she lies in a Peshawar hospital in a critical condition, after undergoing surgery to remove a bullet from her head. Malala was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday, because they believe she "promoted secularism". These are her words, which made the 14-year-old schoolgirl a target for militants.
Saturday 3 January 2009: I am afraid
I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban. I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid of going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools.