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Malala tells CNN: World risks losing generation of Syrian children

February 18th, 2014
03:04 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The world risks losing a generation of Syrian children if it ignores their plight, Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani girl who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head by the Taliban – told CNN on Tuesday.

“It’s a risk to all of us if we ignore them,” Malala, as she is known to her legions of followers, said.

“People should focus on their bright future, because their bright future means our bright future, and the future of the whole world.”

Malala visited on Tuesday travelled to the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan to meet with the young victims of Syria’s grinding war. She spoke from there with CNN’s Hala Gorani, filling in for Christiane Amanpour.

“So many children, they can’t go to school, they cannot get education,” Malala said, overlooking the refugee camp.


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FULL interview – Malala Yousafzai

October 21st, 2013
12:50 PM ET

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

CNN's Christiane Amanpour profiles Malala Yousafzai.

We can’t give Peace Prize ‘based on polls,’ Nobel head Jagland tells Amanpour

October 16th, 2013
07:18 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

How, and why, does the Nobel Committee decide whom to award the Peace Prize?

It is a question that arises almost every year in early October.

Unlike the science Nobels, which award work on “Higgs Bosons” and “multiscale models for complex chemical systems,” the work that leads to a Peace Prize can be understood by the layman.

This year, the Nobel Committee bypassed Malala Yousafzai, the popular favorite to win, awarding instead the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

“We wanted to give a signal to the world that now we have the possibility to do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction,” Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.


The Bravest Girl in the World

The Bravest Girl in the World
October 11th, 2013
08:35 AM ET

Malala on the Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai talks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the Nobel Peace Prize.


Malala describes her shooting

Malala Yousafzai describes her shooting to CNN's Christiane Amanpour.


Malala on being Pakistani prime minister

Malala Yousafzai tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that she wants to be Pakistani prime minister.


Malala on if she wins Nobel

CNN's Christiane Amanpour speaks with Malala Yousafzai about how she will react to a Nobel Peace Prize win.

Christiane Amanpour's interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7pm ET, and reair during Amanpour's normal Monday timeslot.

By Mick Krever, CNN

When Malala Yousafzai woke from the coma the Taliban put her in, she was aware of only a few things.

“Yes, Malala, you were shot,” she told herself.

She thought back to her dreams – of lying on a stretcher, being in some distant place far from home and school – and realized that they weren’t dreams, but recollections.

“The nurses and doctors, everyone was speaking in English,” she recalls. “I realized that now I am not in Pakistan.”

All Malala Yousafzai wanted was to go to school.


Christiane Amanpour interviews "The Bravest Girl in the World"

October 9th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

All she wanted was to go to school.

The Taliban told 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai that she could not, threatened her, but still, she went. Because she refused to be intimidated, the Taliban shot her in the head.

Miraculously, Malala Yousafzai survived the assassination attempt. Now, at 16, Malala is a formidable force in the fight to educate girls – still just a girl herself, she is speaking truth to power all over the world to get her message out.

CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour will speak with Malala, in an event broadcast around the world, in front of a live townhall audience in New York.

On stage with them will be Malala’s father and dozens of school children passionate about Malala’s cause; among the students will be one lucky winner of a national essay contest, flown to New York to meet Malala in person.

Be sure to tune in on Sunday, October 13 at 7pm ET, and see why Malala Yousafzai is The Bravest Girl in the World.

(The Bravest Girl in the World will also air during Amanpour's normal Monday timeslot, 2pm ET, 2000 CET.)

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