Malala Yousafzai turns 18, says world leaders have failed Syrian children


Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Pakistani Taliban for campaigning in favour of female education in Pakistan, has turned 18. She celebrated her 18th birthday by opening a school for Syrian girls in a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon.

Speaking at the event, she criticised the world leaders for failing the Syrian children.

She said, ” On this day I have a message for Lebanon, its region and the whole world. You are failing Syrian people, especially Syrian children. This is the heart-breaking tragedy.”

Later she told BBC that she was confident the world leaders will listen to her because she wasn’t just talking about one child but millions of children.

“Ultimately the time will come when they have to say yes,” she added.

Since being attacked by the Taliban in 2012, Malala has been living in English city of Birmingham with her family.

The teenager was awarded Nobel Prize for Peace along with India’s Kailash Satyarthi in 2014.