Girls’ schools reopen

On 25 February, Yousafzai wrote on her blog that she and her classmates

“played a lot in class and enjoyed ourselves like we used to before”.

Helicopters aren’t appearing as frequently nor discussions about the army and Taliban. But there is still gossip in town about a woman who fell down wearing a traditional burqa, and when a man tried to help her she refused, saying “Don’t help me brother, as this will bring immense pleasure to Maulana Fazlullah.

On 1 March, attendance at Yousafzai’s class was up to 19 of 27 pupils, but the Taliban were still active in the area. Shelling continued and relief goods meant for displaced people were looted. Only two days later it appeared that the peace deal was breaking down. Yousafzai wrote that there was a skirmish between the military and Taliban, and the sounds of mortar shells cpuld be heard. “People are again scared that the peace may not last for long. Some people are saying that the peace agreement is not permanent, it is just a break in fighting,” she writes. Her younger brother is scared to go to school, because he fears he might be kidnapped.

O God bring peace to Swat and if not then bring either the US or China here.
On 9 March, Yousafzai wrote about a science paper that she performed well on, and added that the Taliban were no longer searching vehicles as they once did. Her blog ends three days later on 12 March 2009.The following month, in April, President Asif Ali Zardari signed a controversial regulation into law that formally established a stricter interpretation of sharia law in the Swat region.The act is supported by Sufi Muhammad, the founder of Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi, a Taliban group operating in the area, who says that now “women will not be allowed either to go to jobs or markets”.It is unclear how Yousafzai was affected by this outcome. Later that month, government and Taliban forces began to clash once again, and in May the government launched military operations throughout the district.


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