When Malala Yousafzai woke from the coma the Taliban put her in, she was aware of only a few things.
"Yes, Malala, you were shot," she told herself.
She thought back to her dreams -- of lying on a stretcher, being in some distant place far from home and school -- and realized that they weren't dreams, but recollections.
"The nurses and doctors, everyone was speaking in English," she recalls. "I realized that now I am not in Pakistan."
All Malala wanted was to go to school.
But she lived in an area of Pakistan, the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had effectively taken over governance, and imposed its harsh ideology -- of no music, no visible women, and certainly no girls in school.
For defying their will, and refusing to stay silent, the Taliban tried to murder Malala, then a 15-year-old girl.
Miraculously, she survived, and has continued speaking truth to power about education, extremism and equality.
Almost a year to the day after the attempt on her life, Malala, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour in front of a live town hall audience in New York.
The Taliban, she told Amanpour, "say that we are going to fight for Islam. ... So I think we also must think about them."
"And that's why I want to tell Taliban (to) be peaceful," she said, "and the real jihad is to fight through pens and to fight through your words. Do that jihad. And that's the jihad that I am doing. I am fighting for my rights, for the rights of every girl."
When she woke up from her weeklong coma, she asked for her mother and father by writing on a piece of paper; she had a breathing tube in her throat that prevented her from speaking.
"The first thing I did was that I thanked Allah -- I thanked God, because I was surviving, I was living," she told Amanpour.
"They told me that your father is safe and he will come soon, as soon as possible," she recounted.
"And the second question that was really important for me and about which I was thinking -- who will pay for me? Because I don't have money and I also knew that my father is running a school, but the buildings of the schools are on rent, the home is on rent ... then I was thinking he might be asking people for loans."
A 15-year-old girl, a week after being shot in the head by the Taliban, was worried about how her medical bills would be paid.
Malala was 10 when the Taliban came to the Swat Valley, she writes in her memoir out this week, "I Am Malala."
"Moniba and I had been reading the 'Twilight' books and longed to be vampires," she wrote. "It seemed to us that the Taliban arrived in the night just like vampires."
The Taliban started broadcasting nightly sermons on FM radio. Everyone started calling it "Mullah FM."
In the beginning, their messages were guidance on living that appealed to a devout audience, including Malala's mother.
Slowly, they became more radical, urging people to give up their TVs and music.
Then, Malala told Amanpour, the Radio Mullah -- as they called him -- made an announcement that the young schoolgirl could not possibly abide.
" 'No girl is allowed to go to school,' " she recalls him saying. " 'And if she goes, then, you know what we can do.' "
They congratulated the girls that heeded the call.