13 April, 2021

Oslo Diary

Norway doesn’t make much ceremony of things; there is nothing to suggest that Oslo is hosting the peace ceremony except for two quiet banners at the Nobel Peace Centre...

Oslo Diary

She’s Malala

It has been barely a week since Malala has been handed the Nobel for peace in Oslo. And the very Taliban that had hauled her up on a school bus in her native Swat valley two years ago have struck again, this time killing more than 140 people, a majority of them children, at an army-run school in Peshawar. The youngest Nobel laureate said she and millions of others would mourn her “brothers and sisters”, and that “we will never be defeated”. To the man who had asked “Who is Malala?” that fateful day, her answer has been a resounding “I am Malala”, the echo reverberating in Syria, in the guise of the 16-year-old refugee Mazon Almellehan; or Amina Yusuf, a 17-year-old from north Nigeria; or Kainat Soomro, a young Pakistani woman fighting for justice years after a sexual assault. Theirs is a...

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