Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai yesterday visited the world’s biggest refugee camp in Northern Kenya as she celebrated her 19th birthday. Malala expressed her concern at the closure of the camp, stating that it will result in a ‘generation loss.
“They should not be forced to move,” the advocate for girls’ education said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“As we all know, the camp is going to be closed down soon, so I want to make sure that these girls don’t become a generation lost, and there are alternative facilities for them to continue with their education,” Malala said.
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In 2014, she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
“They should not be forced to move. As we all know, the camp is going to be closed down soon, so I want to make sure that these girls don’t become a generation lost, and there are alternative facilities for them to continue with their education. If the camp is closed and its residents are moved to Somalia where there are few schools, the “girls will be without education,” she said, stating that they can at least they get an education in the schools inside Dadaab.
She further asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider and take his time in making a decision on the fate of the camp, keeping in mind the need to provide education for the girls. Malala has been looking forward to visiting the camp after being in contact with a group of girls from Daadab, via Skype. On arrival at the camp, the Nobel Winner was embraced by the girls who came out in big numbers to receive her.