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Malala meets with Syrian refugees in Jordan

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 - 01:27

Feb. 19 - Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, who was severely wounded in a Taliban attack in October 2012, visits Syrian refugees living in Amman. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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It's a warm welcome for Pakistani teenage activist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai as she meets with Syrian refugees in Jordan Wednesday. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012 for campaigning for girl's education (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALALA YOUSAFZAI, SAYING: "My message to the world is that they should take it serious, and they should never remain silent, because these children need our help. If we forget them, and if we say that they are far away, it wouldn't affect us, so it's not true, because if we don't stop war, it will spread. If we don't stop terrorism, it will spread, and it can affect every person in this world." She stresses the importance of education for this generation of Syrians, (SOUNDBITE) (English) MALALA YOUSAFZAI, SAYING: "The fact is that if we do not focus on their education, then these children, because of the violence that they are suffering from now, then they can become violent in future. So we should treat them with love, and in a friendly environment, so that tomorrow they would be good human beings, and they would be nice to society." More than 140,000 people have died in almost three years of conflict in Syria. The UN estimates that more than 650,000 Syrian refugees are in Jordan and that number is expected to increase significantly this year.

Malala meets with Syrian refugees in Jordan

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 - 01:27

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