Two Childrens’ Rights activists, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India, share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Malala, only seventeen years old, is the youngest recipient of the prize since it began in 1901. Kailash is a seasoned campaign organizer, who has helped Malala prosper and initiate an immediate platform to broadcast her amazing story.
Malala grew up under Taliban reign in her hometown of Swat Valley, Pakistan. Her childhood provides countless eyewitness accounts of the terror and tyranny enforced by this organization and has prompted her to take a stand again it, starting in 2009, when local leaders shut down her school.
She began blogging after the shutdown. Her blog became widely publicized and this global presence put her in the cross-hairs of Taliban extremists. At age fifteen, Ms. Yousafzai was struck, in the left side of her head, by Taliban gunfire while campaigning on behalf of girls’ education in her hometown. The attack left her hospitalized and in critical condition. Since then she has become an unrelenting symbol against Taliban oppression of woman. In 2013, she published an account of the event titled “I am Malala” – a piece that not even John Stewart can smirk at (see below).
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