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Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony Honors Malala Yousafzai, Kailash Satyarth

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Thorbjorn Jagland of Norway looks on as Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi accept their Nobel Peace Prize Award during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. (Nigel Waldron/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 10:28 AM

The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held Wednesday honored the winners — Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi — for their work as activists for children's rights.

Malala became by far the youngest laureate, widely praised for her global campaigning since she was shot in the head on her school bus in 2012 for refusing to quit school. Some groups in Pakistan, however, have accused her of being a puppet of the West and violating the tenets of conservative Islam.

"I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not," said Malala, 17, better known by her first name, which is also the title of her book and the name of her foundation, according to Reuters.

"It is the story of many girls," she said in Oslo's ornate city hall on the anniversary of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's death.

Although the focus was undoubtedly on Oslo on Wednesday, Nobel Prize winners in literature, chemistry, physics, medicine, and economics were gathering in Stockholm, due to receive their prizes from the King of Sweden later in the day.

Satyarthi, who is credited with saving around 80,000 children from slave labor sometimes in violent confrontations, kept a modest profile in Oslo and even conceded to being overshadowed by Malala surrounded by admirers.

"I've lost two of my colleagues," Satyarthi said about his work. "Carrying the dead body of a colleague who is fighting for the protection of children is something I'll never forget, even as I sit here to receive the Nobel Peace Prize."

Arriving in Norway with friends and young activists from Pakistan, Syria, and Nigeria, Malala met thousands of children, walked the streets to greet supporters and will open an exhibit where her blood stained dress, worn when her school bus was attacked, was put on display.

"She's very brave and tough, fighting even after the Taliban shot her in the head," said Andrea, 12, who was among thousands of children hoping to greet Malala in downtown Oslo.

The award could also help the Norwegian Nobel Committee repair its reputation, damaged by controversial awards in recent years to the European Union and U.S. President Barack Obama.

"I am pretty certain that I am also the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers," Malala said. "I want there to be peace everywhere, but my brothers and I are still working on that."

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The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held Wednesday honored the winners — Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi — for their work as activists for children's rights.
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