Malala on her birthday: 'Books not bullets'
Malala on her birthday: 'Books not bullets'
Jul 15, 2015 04:06 pm
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Malala on her birthday: 'Books not bullets'

Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 18th birthday Sunday helping Syrian refugee children in Lebanon continue their education.

She opened an all-girls school for secondary education that will serve more than 200 Syrian refugees, according to the web site for the Malala Fund.

Malala has become a voice for her Millennial generation since surviving being shot in 2012 by the Taliban in Pakistan for insisting that girls have a right to an education

In the week leading up to her birthday, she shunned traditional celebrations, asking, instead, that people across the globe use social media to push world leaders for increased education funding.

"In just a few days, I will be turning 18. This is a special moment because, for the first time in my life, I can call myself an adult. And this year, I am not asking for birthday wishes or presents. I am asking for action. Show world leaders that you believe education—not the military—is a better investment in our future."

On Monday, the Pakistani education activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, walked the grounds of the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan.

According to the United Nations, there are now more than four million Syrians living as refugees in neighboring countries after fleeing their country amid a civil war. In July, the UN said the exodus has become the worst refugee crisis the agency has seen in nearly a quarter of a century.

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