Malala was born on 12 July 1997 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She was named after a Pashtun poetess, and her name means ‘grief stricken’. She was one of 3 children in her family.
Malala gives her first speech at the local press club in Peshawar. The speech is titled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” and is the first glimpse at Malala’s passion towards the cause. She is 11.
Abdul Hai Kakkar, a BBC reporter in Pakistan, asks Malala’s father if he knows someone who would write about life under the Taliban. At this time, the Taliban is imposing their rule across the country, banning women from a variety of activities including shopping and education. When the original blogger backs out, Malala takes her place. She is 12.
The Taliban becomes increasingly violent, blowing up over a 100 girls schools. They issued an edict that no girl would go to school after 15 January 2009. Malala writes that she continues to prepare for her exams.
Malala uses the show to speak out against the Taliban’s decision to prevent women from accessing education.
The local Taliban leader Maulana Fazlulla announces on his FM radio station that he is lifting the ban on women’s education; girls are allowed to attend school if they wear burquas.
Malala’s last few blog entries are about being back at school with her friends and papers she had submitted.
The second battle of Swat brings the Pakistani Army to Malala’s home. The family is separated and she is sent to live with relatives. It’s around this time that The New York Times reporter Adam B Ellick approached Malala and her father about a documentary.
The deadly Taliban came to the swat valley and tore it to bits some time during 2009.
In early July 2009, the prime minister announces that the families could return to their homes in the Swat Valley. Malala is reunited with her family and begins the journey home. On their way they meet a group of activists that had been invited to see US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. Malala makes a request for educational help.