Chapters 19–20 Summary and Analysis
Malala relates how she and her classmates enjoyed a school trip to Marghazar. The girls stayed at the White Palace Hotel, bathed in the river, and took photographs. Towards the end of the school trip, however, Ziauddin discovered that the Taliban was spreading false rumors about the Khushal School. The propaganda letters claimed that the Khushal School was promoting "vulgarity and obscenity" by allowing schoolgirls to visit various resorts. Meanwhile, representatives of Pakistan's intelligence services began questioning Ziauddin about the Khushal School's activities.
When Malala turned fifteen on July 12, 2012, the Taliban assassinated the owner of the Swat Continental Hotel. Not too long after, Zahid Khan, Ziauddin's fellow jirga colleague, was shot. Ziauddin was warned to be careful, for his controversial views made him a Taliban target. As a precaution, Ziauddin began varying his routines each day. Meanwhile, the army commander in Mingora refused to acknowledge that there were terrorists in the Swat Valley. So, even though Zahid Khan drew a sketch of his attacker, the army and police did nothing to apprehend the individual. Meanwhile, Malala found herself a target of harassment from a boy named Haroon.
Malala relates how she began to have nightmares after her math teacher, Miss Shazia, had an especially bad dream about her. Malala's fear of the Taliban led her to take extra precautions in her daily life. She checked the locks on doors and gates after her family were asleep. She also began praying more, insistent that she would not let the Taliban define...
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