A voice for children

This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change. — Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Lecture 2014

Today, Kailash Sat­yarthi and Malala Yousafzai have received the Nobel Peace Prize. I watched their speech­es. A small impres­sion.

Let us glob­alise com­pas­sion. Not pas­sive com­pas­sion, but trans­for­ma­tive com­pas­sion that leads to jus­tice, equal­i­ty, and free­dom.

Mahat­ma Gand­hi said, “If we are to teach real peace in this world… we shall have to begin with the chil­dren.” I humbly add, let us unite the world through the com­pas­sion for our chil­dren.

Whose chil­dren are they who stitch foot­balls, yet have nev­er played with one? They are our chil­dren. Whose chil­dren are they who mine stones and min­er­als? They are our chil­dren. Whose chil­dren are they who har­vest cocoa, yet do not know the taste of a choco­late? They are all our chil­dren.
Kailash Sat­yarthi

Kailash & Malala

The so-called world of adults may under­stand it, but we chil­dren don’t. Why is it that coun­tries which we call “strong” are so pow­er­ful in cre­at­ing wars but so weak in bring­ing peace? Why is it that giv­ing guns is so easy but giv­ing books is so hard? Why is it that mak­ing tanks is so easy, but build­ing schools is so dif­fi­cult?
Malala Yousafzai