Taliban in Swat Valley
Not everything in the Middle East is a desert
Swat Valley is in Pakistan, close to the border of Afghanistan and China.
An Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan currently waging war within that country.
Swat valley has many lakes and ragged mountain ranges. Swat Valley was a popular tourist attraction before it became a battle zone. Now that the Taliban have been fighting in Swat, it had been called "The Valley of Death" according to a local newspaper.
What Happened: The Taliban invaded Swat Valley in two main battles. They fought for control of Swat district with the Pakistani police forces, and subjected the people of Swat Valley to harsh Taliban rule.
In other parts of the middle east, children were deprived of their childhood under a regime that took away their songs, their dolls, and their stuffed animals -- all banned by the Taliban.
This shows the division between the children of Swat Valley, whose childhood was stolen from them, and the Taliban, who live their lives under their own terms.
Nearly all of the main battles in Swat Valley have been between the Taliban and the Pakistan police force
The Taliban have specifically targeted the Pakistan police force with death threats. Taliban forces have bombed and attacked the police station several times. As a result, nearly half of the police force resigned, fearing attacks on them and their families.
On 9 October 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder.
Malala survived the attack and went on to become a global advocate for the millions of girls being denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors.
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