AP PHOTOS: In Pakistan, Ansa, 10, starts her day with prayer

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Source: Associated Press

By SABA REHMAN

TORU, Pakistan (AP) — She’s just 10 years old, but Pakistani girl Ansa Khan’s day is a hectic one.

At the first hint of dawn, she is up saying her morning prayers before reading her Quran, Islam’s holy book. Those are Ansa’s quietest moments. After that, her day is a whirl of chores, school, studying and the occasional moments stolen away to play marbles.

Since 2012, the United Nations has reserved Oct. 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child “to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.” This year the theme is employable skills for girls, particularly in poorer economies.

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