“My family stayed in Swat during the operation against terrorism in 2009. I saw many innocent people being murdered by terrorists, many being beheaded in front of me. It was enough to turn me into a patient of depression, but my parents helped me regain my composure and I made it my mission to raise my voice against terrorism. However, fate hit me with another blow when my father died in 2011 which sent me back into a state of depression and anger. I had to be hospitalized for several months and I was frustrated because I wasn’t able move forward in my mission against terrorism. However, the memory of my father, his confidence in me and his support helped me get back on my feet and resume my fight against evil.
I am running a campaign against rape, terrorism, and kidnapping of children. I have been campaigning for ‘Peace for New Generation’ from the last 4 years for which I have been awarded with a gold medal by the European Union and Paiman. I have received the award of ”Brave Woman” from the ‘Awakening Organization’ and many more from the Pakistan Army and other organizations. All this yet my mission and my story have all just started.
I am only 22 years old and I am willing to spend my whole life doing what I am doing now. I am inspired by my mother and father, the heroes of my life, and will make sure that I make them and my country proud.”
– Neelam Ibrar Chattan (Swat)