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Pakistani Teenager Gets Children's Peace Prize


Malala Yousafzai is in The Hague to receive the International Children's Peace Prize 2013. (file photo)

Malala Yousafzai is in The Hague to receive the International Children's Peace Prize 2013. (file photo)

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and injured by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, has received the International Children's Peace Prize 2013.

The Dutch children's rights organization KidsRights presented Malala with the 100,000-euro ($134,000) prize at a September 6 ceremony in The Hague.

The money is to be invested in girls education projects in Pakistan.

Five years ago, the 16-year-old Malala began to write a blog critical of Taliban efforts to install Islamic rule across her home region of the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan.

She was shot and gravely wounded by Taliban agents in October 2012 for her activism but survived and now lives in Britain.

The children's prize was presented to her by one of the co-winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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