This past Friday, after Donald Trump signed an executive order in which he enforced “extreme vetting” and full authority to “keep radical Islamic terrorists from entering the United States”, Pakistani teen activist, Malala Yousafzai released a statement expressing her heartbreak over the matter.
Though Trump has yet to release further details since Yousafzai’s statement, a widely curated draft of the new policy fueled rumors that his administration plans to temporarily ban refugees and immigrants from several Muslim countries.
In support of this rumor, Trump also stated a similar course of action in an interview conducted this past Friday.
The young female Nobel Prize winner released a statement condemning President Donald Trump’s plan for restricting immigrants and refugees to the United States later that same evening.
She goes into detail of a friend who fled wars in Somalia, Yemen and Egypt before coming to the United States – who now longs to be reunited with her sister in Egypt.
In her release via the Malala Fund, she states,
“I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war.”
Yousafzai, who became an international advocate for girls’ education after starting a blog about life under the Taliban regime, was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman on a bus home from school in 2012.
After her recovery, she founded the Malala Fund and won the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. In 2015 she established a school in Lebanon for Syrian refugee girls.
Yousafzai continues her statement with mentions of the tumultuous experience her friend, Zaynab, an Egyptian refugee has faced since her departure from her country.
Zaynab now resides in the United States and is studying to become a human rights lawyer in hopes to be reunited with her younger sister whom remains in Egypt. Yousafzai adds,
“Today her hope of being reunited with her precious sister dims. In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families.”
Let us lead by Malala’s example and speak up to the injustices our fellow neighbors are facing as we continue to protest for all and every human right in this country.