Where do we see the themes of family and community in I Am Malala?

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In I Am Malala, the theme of family or community is closely related to the theme of courage. For example, Ziauddin's courage to pursue his own path was inspired by his mother's faith in his abilities. Similarly, Malala's courage was buoyed by the support she received from Ziauddin, Toor Pekai, and Hidayatullah. In Pashtun culture, families and close friends constitute powerful support systems. Malala's happy descriptions of celebratory Eid festivals demonstrate the importance of social cohesion during times of peace. During times of tragedy, the support of family is even more crucial to survival. As IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons), Malala's family was fortunate to be taken in by relatives in Shangla. Other IDPs endured greater suffering; they were displaced to one of three IDP camps, where conditions were far worse. After Malala's shooting and during her convalescence, her close-knit Pashtun community came together to comfort her family and to provide much-needed emotional support. The theme of family reinforces the role support systems have played in Malala's life.