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I-Am-MalalaFrom time to time, I’ve written about Malala Yousafazi, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace prize winner. She’s such an inspiration and definitely a healing woman!

She recently celebrated her 18th birthday and she honored the world by opening a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon’s Bekan Valley (near Syria’s border).

Serving more than 200 Syrian girls, ages 14-18, Malala says, “I am honored to mark my 18th birthday with the brave and inspiring girls of Syria. I am here on behalf of the 28 million children who are kept from the classroom because of armed conflict. Their courage and dedication to continue their schooling in difficult conditions inspires people around the world and it is our duty to stand by them. On this day, I have a message for the leaders of this country, this region and the world — you are failing the Syrian people, especially Syria’s children. This is a heartbreaking tragedy — the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades.”

And here’s what she says about turning 18: “My life of being a child will come to an end. But I vow to continue to fight for the rights of children. I think there’s no limit of age … to speak of children’s rights. My father has been doing it as a teacher and I will continue to do it as a woman. As an adult, you can be the voice of children.”

What were you doing when you turned 18? I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t a world-class activist or opening schools for refugee girls in the most troubled spot in the world. How inspiring to stay updated on this truly amazing young lady…

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