Chapters 11–12 Summary and Analysis
Malala remembers enjoying school despite Fazlullah's threats. Eventually, the threats of violence became a reality, and Fazlullah's Taliban group began bombing schools. His people were also responsible for killing a local police officer, Javid Iqbal, who died at the hands of a suicide bomber while trying to escape from Taliban hitmen. On February 29, 2008, another suicide bomber killed mourners who attended Javid’s funeral. The elders of the Swat Valley immediately created a crisis assembly called the Qaumi Jirga to challenge Fazlullah's actions. Ziauddin himself gave interviews on local and Western stations to alert the world to the Taliban's atrocities. He asserted that the Taliban enjoyed support from some quarters of the Pakistani army and ISI, an affiliation he considered unconscionable. Buoyed by her father's unequivocal support, Malala also gave interviews. Both appeared on the BBC and Voice of America to warn the world that the Taliban was distorting the Islamic faith through its evil actions. Undeterred, the Taliban bombed the Sangota Convent School for girls and the Excelsior College for boys on October 7, 2008. By the end of 2008, the Taliban had destroyed around 400 schools, and it soon announced that it would close all girls' schools.
Malala documents how the Taliban left bloodied bodies in the town square to generate fear among the populace. One day, the terror group murdered a popular female dancer named Shabana. Because Shabana was considered a woman of ill repute, many people rationalized the killing as an act of moral cleansing. Each day, the Taliban committed more atrocities in the Swat Valley. The group took great care to target people who had supposedly defied some...
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