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UNICEF condemns shooting of school girls in Pakistan

KATHMANDU, 10 OCTOBER 2012 – UNICEF strongly condemns the attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl from Swat, who was shot with two other children as she was leaving school by bus yesterday. UNICEF is extremely concerned for the well-being of Malala and her school companions who were injured in the same incident.

Malala spoke courageously in favour of children's rights – especially girls’ education – in Pakistan. In December 2011, she was presented with the first National Peace Award by the Pakistani government.

UNICEF calls on all parties to respect all children’s rights, including education in a safe and protective environment. With 20 million children already out of school in Pakistan, it is critical that quality education reaches all children, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.


For more information, please contact:
Jean–Jacques Simon, Regional Chief of Communications, UNICEF South Asia,
Mobile + 91 9910532314,

Rajat Madhok, Regional Communication Specialist, UNICEF South Asia,
Mobile +91 9818103787,




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