Malala Yousafzai became the most famous teenager in the world. On second decade of the 21st century, says a UN review.
In this review, the United Nations news service looks back at some of the big stories. That happened in the teenage years of the 21st century and Malala’s global recognition. Tops the list of positive stories that unfolded between 2010 and 2019.
The first part of the review covers the period between 2010 and the end of 2013 and focuses on the devastating Haiti earthquake. Malala’s efforts to promote girls’ education, and the creation. What has now become “the world’s most dangerous UN mission”, in Mali.
It points out that Malala was born and brought up in the volatile Swat Valley. While taking the bus home from school, in October 2012. She, and two other girls, were shot by a Taliban gunman. She was hit in the head by a bullet, but survived and eventually recovered.
“Malala’s activism and profile have only grown since the assassination attempt. She won several high-profile awards, including the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and became a UN Messenger of Peace in 2017, with a special focus on girls’ education,” the report adds.
Pakistan is one of the largest contributors to the UN force and so far. 185 Pakistani soldiers have died during UN peace missions.
Syria: The Syrian crisis began in 2011 and it continues. Eight years of unabated violence has caused one of the largest ever exodus of refugees from a Middle East country.
Ebola: In December 2013, in the village of Meliandou, in Guinea, a toddler named Emile Ouamouno died.
The deadly, highly contagious virus spread rapidly through Guinea, as well as neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. To become known as the Western Africa Ebola Outbreak.
By 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded 28,616 cases of Ebola in Guinea. Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 11,310 deaths.
In 2016, an independent report commissioned by WHO, blamed delay in identifying the outbreak for this unprecedented health disaster.