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Defying the Taliban, Girls in Pakistan Go to School

Children in tribal areas look up to Malala Yousafzai as a role model
Malala Yousafzai
Malala YousafzaiPhotograph by Asim Hafeez

In 2009, the Taliban in Pakistan barred girls from attending school, an edict it enforced with indiscriminate brutality. When teenager Malala Yousafzai won international attention for speaking out against the ban, the Islamic fundamentalists tried to make an example of her. In October 2012 a gunman shot her in the face as she rode the bus to school. The bullet struck above her left eye, grazing her brain. Now 16, she’s published a memoir, met President Obama in the Oval Office, and become a world-traveling activist on behalf of girls’ rights.