Both Pakistan’s Nobel winners are united by the tragedy of forced exile

Scroll In: There is no escaping the irony that the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 has gone jointly to two child rights advocates from Pakistan and India – 17-year old Malala Yousafzai and 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi – while the armies of their countries trade bullets and kill innocents across the Line of Control in Kashmir.

The two share the prize for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”, said the announcement by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

It is also an irony that child rights – or lack of – is an issue that affects both countries deeply. Both countries have huge youthful populations, massive illiteracy, rampant child abuse and child labour. Yet both spend only a fraction of their budgets on alleviating the issue, compared to their expenditure on arms and ammunition.


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