Monday 25 September 2017

David Dalton: The birthday girl who helped change the world

Pakistani girl Malala addresses the UN General Assembly today
Pakistani girl Malala addresses the UN General Assembly today

IT'S fairly commonplace for a girl who is just about to turn 16 to feel a little excited and nervous about the prospect. She might be looking forward to the presents she'll receive, anticipating the fuss her family and friends will make or just be expectant about being on the cusp of adulthood.

But for Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who turns 16 today, there is little about the occasion which could be described as commonplace.

Rather than unwrapping presents or heading out with her friends, Malala will spend her 16th birthday leading the first ever youth takeover of the United Nations in New York.

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