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Pakistan's Malala To Win Children's Peace Prize

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

The Dutch children's rights organization KidsRights, which awards the 100,000-euro ($134,000) prize, said on August 27 it will present it to Malala on September 6 at a ceremony in The Hague.

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

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

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

Based on reporting by dpa and BBC

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