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Malala Yousafzai to be given Irish peace award

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Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai
  • Malala Yousafzai is to be given Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012 for her courage and determination to speak out in support of equal access to education for every child, it was announced on Thursday.
  • Malala is the 15-year-old girl, who was shot in the head by Taliban for leading a campaign for girls’ education.
  • The attack on Malala as she was returning home from her school in Pakistan’s Swat district on October 9 caused international outrage. Thousands of people signed a petition nominating her for the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Malala Yousafzai was one of the five nominees, including the Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi and the outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • In 2007, Irish peace award was given to late Benazir Bhutto.
  • Malala Yousafzai is the second Pakistani to get the award.
  • Meanwhile, Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, has been given a job at Pakistani consulate in Birmingham paving the way for her to continue to stay on in Britain after her medical treatment.
  • Three months after she was seriously injured in a murderous attack by a Taliban gunman, a smiling Malala Yousafzai left on Friday from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital as doctors said she had made a “remarkable” recovery and was fit to be discharged. The discharge came a day after she was chosen for Ireland’s prestigious Tipperary International Peace Prize for 2012.



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