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Nobel Winner Yousafzai Says World Failing Syria’s Children

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai scolds world leaders over their treatment of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Sunday told world leaders they were failing Syria’s children, as spent her 18th birthday Sunday on the Syrian border.

Yousafzai, who was shot by terrorists in her native Pakistan for campaigning for girls’ rights, opened a school for more than 200 Syrian girls living in refugee camps in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, according to the AFP news agency.

The Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School will offer education and skills training to girls aged 14 to 18.

“I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria,” Yousafzai said in a statement received in London.

“I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them,” she added.

“On this day,” continued Yousafzai, “I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world: you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

Malala later met with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam at his home in Beirut, accompanied by her father and Noura Jumblatt, head of the Kayany Foundation who invited Malala to visit, reported AFP.

“Syrian children are suffering the most, being refugees for more than four years, deprived of education,” Malala told BBC News.


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