“The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they couldn’t stop our minds from thinking” (Malala Yousafai, pg. 146)
 

October 14, 2020 was our third meeting discussing the chapters we read from I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Here is a short summary of chapters nine and twelve.

In these chapters we learn a lot on how the Taliban took over, starting slowly and then all at once. We also learn how a division began, those who believed every word the Taliban said and those who thought that it was wrong. This division not only destroyed the community by making them afraid to leave their house or watch television, but it also impacted Malala’s fathers’ school greatly. Many young girls stopped going to school, mostly because of fear. Fear that they would be killed on the way to school or fear that going to school would create another earthquake, as the Taliban had stated. Malala described the war within her country so vividly that it becomes hard to read, especially when she talks about the bombs. How frequent the bombings were and how fear had taken over most of the people, just like the Taliban.

“…this is true for my family. We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage” (Malala Yousafai, pg. 138)
 

Because these chapters were a lot to digest, we decided to debrief and process what we had read within the chapters for this meeting. The reason we are doing this Book Club Blog is to have everyone updated in order for anyone to join at any time! Register for personal calendar invites to join!

In preparation for our next meeting we will be reading (or listening) to Chapters 13-16. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 28 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. via Zoom. The Book Club Blog is here to keep everyone updated in order for anyone to join at any time. So join today!

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“Rather I receive your bullet-riddled body with honor, than new of your cowardice on the battlefield” Traditional Pashto couplet (Part One - p. 11)
 

As we continue through the semester, we will make sure to include these items in each post:

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