The Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who survived several shots fired by the Taliban in 2012 for defending women’s education, has warned that Afghanistan is experiencing a “humanitarian crisis.” In an interview with the British public broadcaster BBC, the 24-year-old has warned that “we cannot see a country going back decades or centuries.”
“We must take courageous positions to defend women and girls in Afghanistan,” said Yousafzai, who was attacked by a Pakistani Taliban, who shot him in the head when he was returning home on a school bus when he was 15 years old. . She became known at age 11, writing a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC telling what it was like to live under the rule of the Taliban.
After the assassination attempt, the activist was transferred to the United Kingdom, where she settled and has studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at the University of Oxford. Currently, he has regular contact with political leaders, although he claims he has not yet spoken with Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the current crisis.
The activist warned world leaders that “they have an important leadership role to play right now and they must protect human rights.” “Countries have to open their borders to Afghan refugees, to displaced people,” she said. He called for guaranteeing that refugee children have access to education “so that their futures are not lost.”
Letter to Pakistan
Yousafzai has also indicated in statements to Reuters who has sent a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking him to admit Afghan refugees and ensure the rights of all refugee children. As for the US, Yousafzai says that President Joe Biden “has a lot to do” and that he must protect the Afghan population.
“I have had the opportunity to speak with some activists in Afghanistan, including activists for women’s rights, and they fear for their lives,” he lamented.