Girl from Dadu meets girl from Swat in Oslo

Published: December 15, 2014
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The world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient met Kainat, a rape survivor, on December 9. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The world's youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient met Kainat, a rape survivor, on December 9. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Last week, two women from Pakistan met in Oslo, Norway. They hugged each other so tight that it looked like they were best friends meeting each other after decades.

These women weren’t just any women – they were Malala Yousufzai and Kainat Soomro.

The world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient met Kainat, a rape survivor, on December 9, the day before the peace prize was given to Malala.

“It did not feel like I was meeting her for the first time. I felt like we had known each other for a while,” she said. “We hugged each other like two friends meeting after a long break.”

Their meeting which took place at a hotel in Norway was covered by the media. The two teenagers sat together and discussed serious issues.

Back in Karachi

Kainat returned to Karachi early morning on Monday. As she sat in her modest apartment on Garden Road, she said meeting Malala was like a dream come true. “Maybe next year, I can also win the award if I do good work,” she said. “Malala is a sweet girl. If she likes someone she will consider them family.”

The 19-year-old who was allegedly gang-raped in 2007 by four men in Dadu, wasn’t allowed to spend too much time with Malala due to security issues. A day after the ceremony, the two girls and their families met officials for lunch. “Malala told me not to eat the strange white fish. We both had the chicken and French fries,” she said. “She also tried to teach me some words in English and told me to keep repeating them so I would learn faster.”

The day Malala received the award, Kainat sat in the crowd along with two of Malala’s friends from Swat who had also been shot – Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan.

Girl talk

The girls first spoke to each other on October 18, when Malala called her up to ask if she was studying. “I told her I wasn’t going to school as I was afraid for my life,” she said. “Malala told me to hire a tutor who could come and teach me at home. She said she would support me.”

A week later, Malala called Kainat again. This time she asked her if Kainat had her passport handy.

“She invited me to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo and I said yes,” she said. “The travelling expenses were paid by Malala and I left with my father for Norway on December 8.”

Despite living in two different continents with different time zones, the girls stay in touch via email.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • reader
    Dec 16, 2014 - 12:55AM

    so maybe malala is for prime minister and for other girl is speaker of house or presidenthsip. or maybe finance ministry.

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  • jock
    Dec 16, 2014 - 2:06AM

    To me they’re not mere girls, but young women. They have shown the difference, and they have the scars to prove it. Hats off to the young ladies!

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  • Asha Baloch
    Dec 16, 2014 - 2:38AM

    Malala Yousufzai and Kainat Soomro two girls violated in their motherland while the public fuses over Malala is she worth to receive the Nobel Prize is she a pawn of the West, while the country burns the citizens sit idle while women are raped and honor killings carry on what does it say of a nation that sits silently to allow this to happen?

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  • M.R.Ali
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:01AM

    Very good and intresting article by writer,
    Yes ,we should encourage our women to come forward to fight for their rights,
    Pakistani women are the most inocent women in the wirld,
    Gold Bless them..

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  • Ishtiaq
    Dec 16, 2014 - 10:04AM

    Both girls are pride of Pakistan and represent the true spirit of this country. Thank you for standing up against the oppression and the oppressors amongst us.

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  • Dec 16, 2014 - 10:55AM

    My heartiest congratulations and best respects to Kainat Soomro and Malala Yousufzai. Both have steel moral fiber, which I pray will lead these two young women to greater heights of personal and national glory. Ameen. Salams

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  • rafi khan
    Dec 16, 2014 - 1:46PM

    more pawns of the west. just like mukhtar mai. but musharraf death with that issue well. our leaders will lay down just about to everyone.

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