Books can defeat terrorism, says Malala
04 September, 2013
BIRMINGHAM/ISLAMABAD: Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday said that books were "the weapons to defeat terrorism". She said this at the opening of Europe's largest public library in Birmingham, which has been named after her.
Malala said she had challenged herself "that I will read thousands of books and I will power myself with knowledge. Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism".
She added, "There is no greater weapon than knowledge and no greater source of knowledge than the written word."
The teenager, who has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, spoke confidently with just a hint of stiffness on the left side of her face.
Malala has been attending a school in Birmingham, which has a large Pakistani population. Her family had moved to the city to be with her.
The high-tech Birmingham Library, the latest in a string of projects aimed at regenerating the 1970s-era city centre, has a skin of metal hoops and replaces the nearby Central Library, which opened in 1974.
The new library contains a million books and houses first editions of William Shakespeare's works.