Chapters 13–14 Summary and Analysis
Malala recounts how she volunteered to write an exposé diary for the BBC Urdu website after Abdul Hai Kakar (a Peshawar BBC radio correspondent) contacted her father. To protect her identity, Malala used a pseudonym, Gul Makai. She wrote about her fear of going to school, about the Taliban's edict against wearing colorful dresses, and about the tediousness of wearing a burqa. Even though Malala spoke out daringly through her words, others in her valley were intimidated by the Taliban. Many teachers stopped teaching altogether, and some students left the Khushal School. Malala relates that the school closed on January 14, 2009, one day before the Taliban deadline for closing all girls' schools.
Malala and her father eventually participated in the making of a New York Times documentary about the Taliban incursion into the Swat Valley. Both were interviewed by Irfan Ashraf (a Pakistani journalist) and Adam Ellick (an American video journalist). For the respective documentaries, Malala recalls emphasizing that education is every child’s right. To Malala, education is the birthright of every human being and is neither Western nor Eastern in nature. Malala also recalls how Shiza Shahid, a Stanford University student from Islamabad, offered to support her campaign for universal education after viewing the New York Times documentary Class Dismissed in Swat Valley.
Abdul Hai Kakar's secret talks with Fazlullah resulted in the Taliban lifting the school ban for girls up to ten years old (Year 4). Malala remembers that many of her...
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