After the Taliban began attacking girls' schools in Swat, Yousafzai gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, on September 2008. The title of her talk was, "How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?".
In early 2009, when she was just 11 years, Malala wrote her first BBC diary entry. Under the blog heading “I am afraid,” she described her fear of a full-blown war in her beautiful Swat Valley and her nightmares about being afraid to go to school because of the Taliban. She became an internally displaced person (IDP), after having been forced to leave her home and seek safety hundreds of miles away.