Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Malala Yousafzai Celebrates 20th Birthday on Girl Power Tour

Malala Yousafzai Celebrates 20th Birthday on Girl Power Tour

Stories like these are everywhere: About 355,000 internally displaced children in Iraq don't attend school, and the majority of them are girls. One girl, Nayir, who's 13, had missed three years of school by the time her family fled the city in April, following the capture of her father by ISIS.

If you're wondering how to celebrate your next birthday, you might want to take a look at how Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai just celebrated turning the big 2-0.

The 2014 Nobel Peace prize victor, and passionate activist for female education, jetted out to Iraq to ring in a new year - and help spread her important message in the process. Nayir is now studying in a stuffy hot tent school; something children from Malala's hometown experienced when they were displaced during the fight against the Taliban in 2008. Being in school, Nayir told Malala, gives Nayir hope, which is exactly why Malala says young people should not be prevented from an education.

The Nobel Prize laureate has chose to celebrate this birthday with the refugee girls living in conflict areas.

The stop in Iraq marked the latest installment of Yousafzai's Girl Power Trip.

'We should not ask children forced to flee their homes to also give up their education and their dreams, ' she concluded. Many have felt the effects of war and conflict.

He added that struggle of Malala Yousafzai for promotion of education and elimination of fanaticism was a beacon of light for girls.

In his message on Malala Day, Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif said Malala Yousafzai has set an example of bravery and courage for all women.

Entering the next decade of life isn't the only rite of passage the young activist is going through this summer. Since then her entire family is settled in Birmingham, fearing backlash from radical groups in Pakistan. Like most rising freshmen, she's looking forward to the freedom and independence of college life. While she was there, Yousafzai met with a 19-year-old Somali teenager named Rahma Hussein Noor, who wasn't able to continue her schooling after returning home from the camp.

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