And the Taliban in Pakistan cheered.
However, they were not cheering for OPCW, but celebrating that the prize did not go to Malala Yousafzai, one of the popular favorites.
Malala Yousafzai is a name you should recognize. She’s the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who made news after being shot in the face by a member of the Taliban.
Why was a teenaged girl targeted for death by the Taliban?
Because she believes women have a right to an education. The Taliban, of course, begs to differ. Just over a year ago, she was shot while riding a school bus near her village in Pakistan.
Malala survived and was flown to England where her recovery made international headlines. Following three months of treatment, she was released in January from the hospital.
The Pakistani teen’s recuperation seemed to embolden her and she soon became the face of the battle for women’s rights in many Muslim countries. CNN readers also honored Malala by voting her the runner-up to President Obama as the “Most Intriguing Person of 2012.”
Yousafzai’s recovery from the gun shot, combined with her calm demeanor and unbending devotion to her mission, made the Pakistani a favorite among those who predict the Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
As expected, Malala was nominated. Many even thought she was shoe-in to win the Nobel. But they were wrong.
Following the announcement of OPCW’s win, the Pakistani Taliban issued a statement through their spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, celebrating Malala’s loss.
The statement read [via NBC News]: “It’s very good news.”
“If we get another chance, we will definitely kill her and that will make us feel proud,” the statement added.
However, despite the ongoing death threats, Malala continues her mission.
She appeared earlier this week on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The 16-year old was promoting her book, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban.”
Stewart asked Malala what she would do if she was faced with another attack by an armed member of the Taliban. Her answer brought cheers from the audience and stunned silence from Stewart. What did she say?
I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.
The Taliban is also focusing its vitriol on Malala’s book. Pakistani shopkeepers have reportedly been threatened with death if they carry the young activist’s book in their stores.
Here’s the TODAY Show’s report on Malala’s Nobel Prize loss:
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