Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai Urges Countries to Open Borders to Afghan Refugees

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has urged countries to open their borders to Afghan refugees as the Taliban has overtaken the country.

“I think every country has a role and responsibility right now. Countries need to open their borders to Afghan refugees, to the displaced people,” Malala told BBC Newsnight in an interview.

Describing the images of civilians trying to escape Afghanistan as “shocking,” Malala called the current Afghan situation “an urgent humanitarian crisis.”

Malala further said that she sent a letter to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking him to allow refugees and to ensure that they have access to education.

In a tweet, Malala also urged action from agencies as she was “deeply worried about women, minorities, and human rights advocates.”

“Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid, and protect refugees and civilians,” Malala said.

In October 2012, a Taliban gunman shot Malala in the head when she was only 15 years old because she publicly advocated for the education of women and girls.

Malala continued her advocacy after surviving the gunshot and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest to accept the award.

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