Taliban shooting victim honoured as Harvard’s humanitarian of the year

Above: Malala Yousafzai addresses more than 500 young leaders from around the world at a United Nation’s Youth Assembly.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban is being honoured as Harvard University’s humanitarian of the year.

Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken proponent for girls’ education. She was at Harvard on Friday to accept the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award.

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Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust says she was pleased to welcome Malala because of their shared interest in education.

The 16-year-old Malala says she’s hoping to become a politician because politicians can have influence on a broad scale. She spoke nostalgically about her home region, the Swat Valley. She says she hopes to return someday.

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Malala was shot in the head last October. Militants say she was attacked because she was critical of the Taliban, not because of her views on education.

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