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Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Was Drawn to Politics by Dad
Correction Appended: Oct. 17, 2012 Malala Yousafzai is only 14 years old, but she has always come off as preternaturally mature, able — even at 11 — to talk about serious issues like education and terrorism and her native Pakistan’s troubled relations with India. The attempt on her life and the ensuing medical emergency have made her a hero to a greater audience. But in the patriarchal and conservative Muslim world she grew up in, a pioneer like Malala would not have been possible without another hero: her father. The saga “is a story about a father and a daughter, more than a story about a girl,” says Adam Ellick, a journalist and documentary filmmaker who covered the 2009 shutdown of the schools in the Swat Valley because of Taliban threats that led to the displacement of the Yousafzai family and thousands of others. Ziauddin Yousafzai founded the Khushal School and College that his daughter attends in the city of Mingora. (MORE: How Malala Yousafzai May Affect Pakistan’s Culture Wars)

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