Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing of scores of children by Taliban militants Tuesday in Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai, the child rights activist and youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, received the Liberty Medal and pledged her $100,000 award to education in her homeland Pakistan.
Malala Yousafzai, at only 16, has done so much to bring girls education in developing regions of the world to the forefront. Malala continues to amaze, letting children and girls especially know that education is the key to their future.
On Saturday, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited Malala Yousufzai, the young Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban in October, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Malala Yousafzai became an international symbol for girls' right to education after surviving a shot to the head by the Pakistani Taliban. Pakistan's Taliban continues its attacks on female students by using acid attacks.
Malala Yousafzai speaks at World Bank headquarters on the International Day of the Girl
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Malala described the consequences for those who dared to stand up to the Taliban in Pakistan.
"The Taliban's punishments were like slaughtering people on the Green Chowk [the main square in Malala's home town of Mingora], throwing acid on women's faces or abusing them or killing them," Malala said.
Rebuilding ... Palestinian schoolchildren walk through destroyed houses in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighbourhood.