Her name has become synonymous with bravery in the face of intimidation, extremism, and deadly violence.
But before she became an icon of freedom for standing up to the Pakistani Taliban, Malala Yousafzai was a confident young schoolgirl whose anonymous diary offered firsthand perspective of life in the Swat Valley. The journalist who brought Malala’s story to the world was Abdul Hai Kakar — then a reporter for BBC’s Urdu Service and now with RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal. Kakar will join Daud Khan Khattak, Senior Editor for Radio Mashaal, and Frud Bezhan, RFE/RL Correspondent, in a live discussion about how the assassination attempt against Malala has galvanized society in Pakistan, Afghanistan and around the world:
“RFE/RL’s Live Pakistan Facebook Chat on Malala Yousafzai” 1:00 pm (EDT) / 10:00 pm (PKT) Wednesday, October 17
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