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Mixed reaction to Malala's memoirs in Pakistan

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 - 01:21

Oct. 8 - ''I am Malala'' hits bookstores around the globe, chronicling Malala Yousafzai's journey from schoolgirl activist in Pakistan who survived a Taliban attack to worldwide symbol of protest. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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"I am Malala" hits bookstores around the globe. It's Malala Yousafzai's story of survival. The young activist was shot at point blank range in the fall of 2012 while riding the bus home from school. She was attacked for demanding education for girls. She was 15 at the time and few expected her to survive. Her journey from a schoolgirl in northern Pakistan to a worldwide symbol of protest is a story in high demand in Pakistan. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) BOOKSHOP OWNER, KHALID MEHMOOD, SAYING: "The book has just arrived. For the past few days, there has been a great demand for this book because people love Malala for her stance on peace." But in her home town in the Swat Valley some say her fame has done little to help them. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LOCAL SHOPKEEPER, NAVEED KHAN, SAYING: "The Taliban destroyed many schools in Swat. Malala is being given so many awards, but what good is that for the people of Swat? So far, Malala has not even constructed a single school here." The schoolgirl now lives in Birmingham, England and still faces Taliban threats. Experts and betting agencies also put her as a favorite for the Nobel Peace prize.

Mixed reaction to Malala's memoirs in Pakistan

Tuesday, Oct 08, 2013 - 01:21

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