Malala Gave An Astounding Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

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Suzanne Robertson
The 17-year-old Pakistani girl is the youngest-ever winner of the prize.

Malala Yousafzai just gave her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize and its being described as "incredible, historic and jaw-dropping".  She accepted the award in Oslo, Norway on Wednesday after becoming an icon of the fight for children's education rights.

From a young age, Yousafzai made a name for herself in her community as someone who was unafraid to criticize the Taliban for their attempts to prevent young girls from getting an education.

During the speech, she talked about her attempted assassination by a Taliban gunman in 2012. She was only 14 years old when the gunman boarded her bus, pointed a pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger.

"I had two options — one was to remain silent and wait to be killed," Yousafzai said. "And the second was to speak up and then be killed. I chose the second one. I decided to speak up."

Yousafzai completely recovered after the shooting.

"The terrorists tried to stop us," she said. "Neither their ideas nor their bullets could win. We survived. And since that day, our voices have grown louder and louder."

Yousafzai also pointed out her friends in the audience.

"I tell my story not because it is unique but because it is not," she said. "It is the story of many girls. Today, I tell their stories too. I have brought with me some of my sisters from Pakistan, from Nigeria, and from Syria who share this story."

Ms. Yousafzai is the youngest recipient of the prize since it was first awarded in 1901. She shares the $1.1 million dollar prize with co-winner Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner for the rights of children. Malala said she would spend her share of the prize money to build schools in Pakistan.

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