Indian, Pakistani accept Nobel Peace Prizes
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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/10/2014 (4 years ago)
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India and Pakistan are longtime international rivals. This didn't prevent a Pakistani teenage advocate for women's education and an Indian child rights campaigner from receiving Nobel Peace Prizes. Both Malala Yousafzai, from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi, from India accepted their prizes in Norway.
Both Malala Yousafzai, from Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi, from India accepted their Nobel Peace Prizes in Norway.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the ceremony in Oslo, Malala said she would fight "until I see every child in school." Satyarthi said there was "no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children." Both were presented with gold medals and diplomas certifying them as Nobel Laureates.
Malala said in her lecture to the committee that she was speaking for the millions of girls who were unable to receive an education, calling on world leaders to make education their top priority. Malala has become the youngest Nobel laureate yet recognized.
"I've lost two of my colleagues," Kailash Satyarthi said about his work. "Carrying the dead body of a colleague who is fighting for the protection of children is something I'll never forget, even as I sit here to receive the Nobel Peace Prize."
Malala, speaking in a radio interview, told of the work that needs to be accomplished. "Children should no longer be used for labor and they should be given [opportunities for] higher education," Malala said.
Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, when she was only 15 years old for simply attending school. Malala said she was giving her Nobel Prize money of $1.1 million to a fund to build schools, starting with her homeland in the Swat Valley of northwestern Pakistan.
Satyarthi started his acceptance speech by pointing to an empty chair in the room and saying it represented the exploited children of the world, unseen, voiceless and unnoticed. He received his Nobel Prize for his 35-year battle to free thousands of children from slavery.
"I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be...stronger than the quest for freedom," Satyarthi said.
His organization Bachan Bachao Andolan (Movement to Save Childhood) has rescued more than 80,000 children from bonded labor in factories and workshops across India. The group now has a network of activists in more than 100 countries.
Satyarthi kept a modest profile in Oslo and even conceded to being overshadowed by Malala surrounded by admirers.
"I've lost two of my colleagues," Satyarthi said about his work. "Carrying the dead body of a colleague who is fighting for the protection of children is something I'll never forget, even as I sit here to receive the Nobel Peace Prize."
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