Monday, November 28, 2022

Malala Yousafzai visits Pakistan’s flood-ravaged regions

Malala Yousafzai visited the Dadu district of Sindh to meet survivors in Pakistan’s flood-ravaged Sindh province. The Nobel Laureate returned to Pakistan to help keep international attention focused on the impact of recent floods and strengthen the need for humanitarian aid. 

Malala visited the Kher Mori relief camp in Johi, one of the worst-hit areas in Dadu. The Nobel laureate was accompanied by the provincial health minister, Mr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, and the education minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah. Musician turned activist, Shehzad Roy, founder of the Zindagi Trust, and several other officials were also part of the entourage.

Despite strict security and VIP protocol, Malala interacted freely with the women and girls in the camp listened to the challenges and difficulties they were facing, and offered words of encouragement.

“You are brave women,” she said, “you are facing difficult times”.

Young girls also told the global campaigner for girls’ education how they miss going to school. 16-year-old Sohaila told Malala that she has lost her home but she was concerned more that she won’t be able to continue her education.

“I want to go to school, but there is so much water. If there was less water, I’d even go through it. Now we are hearing that the flood waters will stay for five months,” the young girl, who aspires to become a doctor, was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Malala Fund.

Malala concerned about children’s education

Malala also expressed concern about children’s education being affected by the natural disaster.

“Education of 2 million children in 12,000 schools has been affected,” informed the health minister as he noted that “several areas are still submerged under water”.

“Further survey will be done to assess the damage caused to schools after flood water is drained,” he added.

She also joined a group of girls engaged in a coloring activity. The Nobel laureate later signed a poster made by the young girls.

CM Sindh lauds Malala

Later, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah lauded the UN Messenger of Peace for taking out time and visiting the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.

Appreciating Malala’s initiative, Shah hopes that after her visit, “the voice of humanitarian crisis in Sindh will be heard internationally”.

Malala’s Pakistan visit

The Nobel laureate arrived in her native country on Tuesday along with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai to meet flood victims. This was her only second visit since she was flown to Britain for a life-saving treatment following a terrorist attack in 2014. She visits Pakistan at a time when thousands of people protested in her hometown against the rise of the same militant group.

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