Malala celebrates her 18th birthday by inaugurating a school for refugees in Bekaa, Lebanon.

“Invest in books, not bullets” advocated Malala during her speech for the inauguration of a girls school in Bekaa, Lebanon. Malala is a Pakistani young adult, she won the Nobel peace prize in 2014, making her the youngest winner ever.

Lebanon has witnessed the huge influx of Syrian refugees since 2011. Days ago, UNHCR announced that the number of Syrian refugees attained 4 millions persons. Lebanon has today among its population about 1.2M refugees. It has also the highest ratio of refugees in the world, Lebanon has a population of 4 Millions.

Malala Yousafzai is today not only the symbolical young face of peace but she’s also a face of resistance against patriarchal societies.

The Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, not far from the Syrian inland, has today more than 400,000 of refugees. Roughly half of them are toddlers, children or teenagers.

A young Syrian girl in a refugee camp in Bekaa, Lebanon

The UN agency that managed the refugees, the UNHCR has very low funds to help those in need.

When Malala says “Invest in Books, not in Bullets” it may sound simplistic and symbolical. But she has all the reasons to claim that. Just 8 days of global military spending could fund 12 years of free, quality education for every child on the planet. A year of global military spending could fund roughly 547.2 years of free quality education! Picture the huge amount of money that goes towards war and destruction.

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The war in Syria, which is now in its 4th year, is depriving the young Syrians of school.  A single school brings much needed hope.

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