Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, has urged the international community not to close the doors to Afghan refugees in the face of the foreseeable mass flight of civilians due to the rise of the Taliban, a group of which she herself was a victim when she campaigned in 2012 for girls’ education.
The young woman has expressed in statements to the BBC her concern about the fate they may face women and girls under the extremist yoke, to the extent that the Taliban ostracized them during the regime that ended in 2001 and can now return.
Malala has appealed to the “leadership” of the rulers to urge them to guarantee, above all, respect for Human Rights, guaranteeing “immediate” protection to translators or activists whose lives are in danger. “Countries have to open their borders to Afghan refugees,” he added.
The activist has assured that she has already sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Jan, to ask you to authorize the reception of people who may arrive from the neighboring country, as well as to promote education and protection of women and girls so they don’t go through what she went through.
“We had to hide the books under the handkerchief,” Malala recalled, speaking of what life under Islamic fundamentalism means for women. Women, he added, “continue to raise their voices, they are brave, they are strong“And” they must have more opportunities and time to tell us what we can do for them, for peace in Afghanistan. “
Victim of the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai was the victim of an attack in Pakistan on October 9, 2012. The young woman, who survived several shots to the left of her forehead and neck, had to undergo surgery. In this operation, which lasted three hours, they were able to extract the bullet from his neck, very close to his spine.
The objective of this attack, ordered by Mullah Fazlulá – leader of the Pakistani Taliban – was to punish Malala for her commitment to the education of girls, but the young woman, only 14 years old, managed to survive.
Years after this event, in 2015, a court in northwestern Pakistan sentenced ten men to life imprisonment for the attack on Malala, all members of the Pakistani Taliban. To this day, women embody the fight against religious extremism that violates women’s rights.