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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A senior Pakistani security source has confirmed the release of the eight militants who attacked Malala Yousafzai in 2012, as per a report of an English news portal, The Independent.

The source has also mentioned that in order to “avoid a media fuss,” the eight militants were clandestinely released.

In April, there were many reports of 10 Talibani militants being imprisoned for life after the verdict of a Pakistani court. Now, however, the media is blazing with the reports that eight out of the 10 arrested militants have been acquitted and released.

In 2012, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in Swat Valley in Pakistan by a group of Talibani militants because she was campaigning for education for girls.

“The trial had absolutely no credibility. Nobody was there to witness it except the prosecutor, the judge, the army and the accused,” the source was quoted as saying.

The aforementioned source was also quoted saying, “This was a tactic to get the media pressure away from the Malala case because the whole world wanted convictions for the crime. But the truth is that, whether these acquitted men were involved or not in the Malala shooting, the public has been lied to. Ten men are not behind bars for the crime, as the Pakistani authorities would have us believe. That is a big lie.”

The Police Chief of Swat Valley, Azad Khan and the Pakistan High Commission in London confirmed the conviction of two men and said that the other eight were released due to lack of adequate evidence, according to a report published in The Independent.  The High Commission further stated that, “The claims of 10 being imprisoned were due to a misunderstanding and it was misreported at the time.”

Malala Yousafzai, now 17 and currently living in Birmingham, UK, won the Nobel Prize in 2014 for her “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

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OrchKids- Bringing Joy To Underprivileged Kids Through Music

Nema was accepted into the Baltimore School for the Arts where she now studies music.

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In Baltimore, a free after school music program called OrchKids is being used as an instrument of change for children in underprivileged neighborhoods. In the past 10 years, more than 1,300 children have received free group music lessons, and free instruments, from flutes to trumpets to violins.

The program was started by Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who said OrchKids also aims to create social change in a city where about 40 percent of the population live in poverty. She hopes that if more children of color learn an instrument that “orchestras will better reflect the diversity of our communities.”

For 15 year old Nema Robinson, OrchKids has given her more opportunities than she ever imagined. Four years ago, the quiet teenager started taking the group violin lessons and quickly progressed.

Her teacher, Ahreum Kim, grew up in Korea and studied at the prestigious Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

“Nema’s determination has helped make her a top violin student” Kim said. “OrchKids is doing a lot for Nema, by giving her confidence, the practice of being in front of an audience, and musical skills she can be proud of,” she added.

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Nema’s musical journey began when she and her mother, Susan Johnson, saw an OrchKids concert. Johnson was amazed to see black kids performing classical and opera music. “You just don’t see that,” she recalled thinking, “And I’m elbowing Nema and telling her, ‘This is what you should be doing.”

Nema enthusiastically agreed, and soon after started taking violin lessons that have given her the opportunity to play all kinds of music. She is especially proud of being a violinist in the Orchkids jazz band.

OrchKids has been instrumental in guiding many students, some from difficult backgrounds, by providing a place where they feel respected and safe.

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“Some of the students come into the class with baggage,” said Kim. “That could be due to poverty, or trouble at home. It is helpful when I learn about their families.”

Nema had a rough start in life as a drug addicted baby. With both her parents in prison, her aunt became her guardian and mother.

“She’s my number one supporter and has helped me a lot,” said Nema appreciatively. She pushes me. If it wasn’t for my mom I don’t think I would really be this good at playing the violin.”

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OrchKids has been instrumental in guiding many students.

Aside from the camaraderie and the encouragement that OrchKids provides, Nema also enjoys performing. I like seeing the audience, and their clapping and standing up after the performance,” she said. “It just makes my day.”

Thanks to her free violin lessons, Nema was accepted into the Baltimore School for the Arts where she now studies music.

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She hopes to earn a college degree in music so she can teach other black children, like herself, how to live their lives on a high note.

“It doesn’t matter what race you are, you can play music. If it’s your passion then it’s your passion,” Nema said with a smile. (VOA)