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Who are the youngest people to win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Like the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat (to learn more about him, some peace activists were fairly young when they started to be interested and involved in peace building. In fact, Prem Rawat started to be concerned about humanity at the age of 4.

Later, he created the TPRF Foundation, which was named after his name, and has undertaken several charitable, humanitarian actions for peace. But who are the youngest people to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Keep reading and find out in this article.

Malala Yousafzai

Born in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate when she was only 17. She was from a struggling family belonging to the Pashtun ethnic group. The daughter of a public high school theology teacher, Malala could not keep at peace until she advocated the rights of young Pakistanese girls who are deprived from the rights for education.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP attacked the Khushal Girls High School in her hometown. It was eventually shut down and girls could no longer attend school. The 17-year-old Malala took the challenge and defended the rights of the Pakistanese girls at her hometown.

Angry Taliban militants targeted the school bus she took; and her injured skull left her in a critical condition for 72 hours at the Peshawar hospital, Pakistan. Malala is persuaded that education can secure young girls with a bright future. Thus, they have to be self-determining to fight for their rights. Malala is now 22 years old.

Nadia Murad

Her full name is Nadia Murad BaseeTaha, and she was born in 1993. She is the first Iraqi person to be awarded the honorable title of a Nobel Peace Prize. She became laureate when she was only 26 years old.

In 2018, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege joined their efforts to put an end to the act of abusing women and girls at wars. In fact, they were devastated by the sexual violence inflicted upon women and girls during armed conflicts and wars. That was why they teamed up to denounce such atrocities, which made them recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. 

  • In 2012, Nadia Murad's hometown, Kocho, Iraq was brutally attacked by the Islamic State (IS). Such violence led to the deaths of 600 Yazidi men. 
  • On 15 August 2014, the Islamic State (IS) kidnapped 6,700 Yazidi women and girls, including Nadia Murad. 
  • The Islamic State held them on captivity for three months. 
  • Later, Nadia Murad was locked up in the city of Mosul, where kidnappers beat and sexually abused her with other prisoners from her hometown.

Denis Mukwege is a pastor who has been attentive to the plight of women who have been sexually battered by armed rebels. He supported Nadia Murad to report the degenerating barbarities perpetrated by the IS to the United Nations in 2018. They denounced their use of sexual violence as a weapon of violence to attack the Yazidi community in Iraq.

  • The report included the cases of further 150 Yazidi families who were subjected to severe atrocities. 
  • With the help of the Congolese gynecologist and Pentecostal pastor, Denis Mukwege, her reports caught the attention of human rights defenders in the United Nations. 
  • They got the Nobel Peace Prize.

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