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• Malala Yousafzai’s latest book, We Are Displaced, describes the experiences of refugee girls and their struggle to receive a complete education.
• Yousafzai pleads for girls' education to become an international priority. Where can we see signs of this already happening?
Malala Yousafzai’s latest book, We Are Displaced, aims to humanize the refugee experience and support girls’ education. “People do not know enough about refugees — they are not seen as humans,” Yousafzai said.
“People are not welcoming refugees at this time. There is a negative attitude towards them. We hear about refugees in the news, in statistics, in figures. We hear of them, but we never hear from them,” she went on.
In We Are Displaced, Yousafzai writes about her own situation after her family fled Pakistan in 2007 to escape the Taliban’s rule. The militant group contributes to stopping more than 25 million children from going to school in the country. The book also tells the stories of refugee girls in their own words, highlighting the lives of different young women whose paths have gone in different directions after being forced to leave home.
Girls globally are facing challenges. There are 130 million girls globally who do not have access to education. There are millions of children who are displaced who cannot have access to quality education who cannot complete their schooling and go to universities,” Yousafzai explained.
Proceeds of the book will benefit The Malala Fund, the nonprofit organization founded by the 21-year-old activist to support girls’ education. Yousafzai was proud to share the organization is bringing educational digital devices that don’t rely on electricity to refugee camps and continues to support local initiatives around the globe.
Yousafzai emphasized the need for girls’ education to be an international priority.
“Developed countries have a responsibility to make humanitarian aid for the countries that do not have all the opportunities and facilities. Developed countries are supposed to be giving support to them. They should increase their investments,” she said.
Read the full article about refugee girls' stories by Leah Rodriguez at Global Citizen.