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Malala Yousafzai’s 20th Birthday Was Celebrated By Visiting The Camp Of Displaced People In Iraq

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  •  July 15, 2017


How would you want to celebrate your birthday? I usually want to do it by getting sloshed with a bunch of friends. 

Not everyone wants to celebrate it by waking up to empty beer bottles and vomit the next morning. Thankfully, Malala Yousafzai isn’t one of those! She decided to celebrate her 20th birthday by visiting a camp of displaced people in Iraq. She met many young girls at the camp.

Iraq’s Hassan Shami camp, which is outside the city of Masul, was visited because of the Malala’s “Girl Power Trip.” Her aim through the trip is to promote education for women and girls around the world.malala yousafzai

“We need to encourage girls that their voice matters,” Yousafzai said in an interview with TIME. “I think there are hundreds and thousands of Malalas out there.”

“I want to ensure that there are more girls that can speak up and stand with me, because there’s nothing special in me…[I don’t] have some kind of special ability or talent,”

“If you look at how many people are suffering because of wars and conflicts, we have to open our hearts, we have to open our homes,” Yousafzai told TIME. “We have to support these people.”

In a recently published blog post, Malala talked about her encounter with 13-year-old, Nayir, who somehow, reminded her of herself.

“When Nayir fled Mosul, she was determined to go back to school. “No matter what, nothing will keep me from finishing my studies,” she told me. Her new classroom is a small tent in the camp. She just took her exams in sweltering heat.

But Nayir knows that education is her best chance for a better future. After all she has suffered, she described the feeling of returning to school: “It was as if all my hopes came back.”

I know how Nayir feels.”

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