UN chief writes to family of girl shot by Taliban in Pakistan

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Malala Yousafzai

The shooting of a 14-year old girl in Pakistan has outraged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who is writing to her family to show support.

Malala Yousafzai, who is a campaigner for education in her country, was seriously wounded by Taliban gunmen who shot her and two other girls on Tuesday.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has joined in the condemnation of the shooting.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"With 20 million children already out of school in Pakistan, it is critical that quality education reaches all children, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, says UNICEF.  The Secretary-General, like so many other people in Pakistan and around the world,  is truly outraged by this attack.  To show his support, he is writing to the family of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old who was seriously wounded in the attack that targeted her specifically for her campaigning for education."

Duration:  30″

Malala Yousafzai received the Pakistani Government's highest civilian award in 2011 for her campaign for girls' education.

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