India and Pakistan are trading gunfire in Kashmir. There have been casualties on both sides. The situation is tense.
Peace broke out elsewhere, in Oslo, Norway. In Oslo the Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded the 2014 Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India.
The Taliban attempted to kill Malala Yousafzai two years ago when she was 15 years old. Her crime was going to school.
She survived and has recovered from her wounds. She wrote a best-selling book, “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.”
She has appeared before the United Nations. She has become a worldwide advocate for the right of girls to be educated. She is a symbol of courage and commitment for young women.
Kailash Satyarthi has fought long and hard on behalf of children. He has helped free tens of thousands of children from harsh working conditions and forced labor. “I am thankful to the Nobel committee for recognizing the plight of millions of children who are suffering in this modern age,” he said.
There were more than 276 million child laborers in 2000. That number is down to 168 million today.
The Nobel Peace Prize comes with a medal and a check for $1.24 million. It will be awarded in Oslo on December 10, 2014. Both winners will attend and have invited the Prime Ministers of their feuding countries to come to the ceremony.
Source: The Washington Post October 10, 2014