Here is an excellent 14 min documentary from NYT about the situation in Swat. It focuses on an 11-year old girl and her optimistic/cheerful father - who also happens to run a girl's school in Swat. I totally love Ziauddin and his daughter in the video. But also a warning: some of the images in the documentary are a bit disturbing - but it is crucial to know who we are dealing with in Swat. On the flip side, this is a great example of the hunger for education in a country where literacy rate hovers around 50%. Going to school should be a bit more easier than this.
See the video here.
Couple of previous posts on Swat:
Sharia in Swat - what now?
Taliban, education, and diary of a 7th grade school girl from Swat