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Malala Yousafzai: Candlelit vigil to be held in Birmingham

Malala Yousafzai lying in her bed after receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital/University Hospitals in Birmingham
Image caption Malala arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on Monday

A candlelit vigil for 14-year-old Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai took place on Saturday in Birmingham.

Malala arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Monday after being shot by a Taliban gunman and having a bullet removed from her skull.

The vigil was held at the city's Chamberlain Square on Saturday and lasted an hour.

Organiser Shahida Choudhry said 150 people were expected to attend.

Malala was shot by the Taliban in the Swat Valley on 9 October after campaigning for girls' education.

Ms Choudhry, of the Birmingham women's networking hub, said she hoped people would bring candles to symbolise "hope and healing" for Malala.

The former Respect party leader and former Birmingham councillor Salma Yaqoob hosted the vigil.

Two women's groups, Amina Women's Group and Women2Gether, staged a vigil in Birmingham city centre on Thursday.

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