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When the Taliban became the de-facto rulers of Pakistan’s Swat region between 2003 and 2009, they ordered schools to close as part of an edict banning girls’ education. At the time, Malala Yousafzai was just 11, but she spoke out through an anonymous diary on BBC Urdu’s website, and later featured in two New York Times documentaries. In recognition of her courage, she was recently short-listed for the International Children Peace Prize, awarded by the Dutch organization Kids Rights. Now aged 13, she spoke to the BBC about her activism.

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