Malala Yousafzai awarded in France

News International – Wednesday, 16 January 2013 (originally published 09 Jan)

Malala Yousafzai in hospital bed
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PARIS: The Taliban are fighting a lost cause and must accept peace talks, the father of Malala Yousafzai said Wednesday, accepting a key French award for the Pakistani schoolgirl shot for campaigning for girls’ education.

In an impassioned speech after accepting the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Womens’ Freedom on behalf of the 15-year-old, Ziauddin Yousafzai said his daughter was supported by the world and by God.

“She fell but Pakistan stood up. And the whole world — north, south, east and west — supported her,” he said. “God protected her and protected the cause of humanity and education . . .”

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