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Malala Celebrates 18th Birthday at a School for Syrian Girls

Last edited 13th July 2015

Malala Celebrates 18th Birthday at a School for Syrian Girls

On 9 October 2012, Malala Yousafzai was the victim of a Taliban attack in the Swat Valley, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a mountainous province on the border with Afghanistan, and a stronghold of Islamic extremists. She was hit on the the school bus that was taking her home after morning school.

Saved thanks to an international campaign, the young woman had become famous in early 2009 when she was still 11 when she wrote a blog on BBC Urdu criticising Pakistan’s Islamic fundamentalists for their attacks against girls and girls’ schools.

Now Malala has a message for the leaders of the world: "you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria's children.” The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a school for Syrian girls living in camps in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Visit this article to read more.


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