August 3, 2017
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban
I was shot by a Taliban bullet and was flown out of Pakistan unconscious.
Now, every morning when I open my eyes, I long to see my old room full of my things, my clothes all over the floor and my school prizes on the shelves.
Here there is any convenience you can imagine.
Water running from every tap, hot or cold as you wish;
I see tall buildings, long roads full of vehicles moving in orderly lines, neat green hedges and lawns, and tidy pavements to walk on.
My mind transports me back to my school and there I am reunited with my friends and teachers.
It wasn’t the best of days to start with as it was the middle of school exams, though as a bookish girl I didn’t mind them as much as some of my classmates.
That morning we arrived in the narrow mud lane off Haji Baba Road in our usual procession of brightly painted rickshaws, sputtering diesel fumes, each one crammed with five or six girls.
The ornamented brass door in a white wall across from the woodcutter’s yard gives no hint of what lies beyond.
For us girls that doorway was like a magical entrance to our own special world.
As we skipped through, we cast off our head-scarves like winds puffing away clouds.
At the top of the steps was an open courtyard with doors to all the classrooms.
We dumped our backpacks in our rooms then gathered for morning assembly under the sky.
One girl commanded, ‘Assaan bash! ’ or ‘Stand at ease!’
The English alphabet has 26 letters.
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Is the apple red?
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