In a powerful statement, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai condemns Trump’s anti-refugee policy.
Donald Trump’s executive order which reportedly bans people from several majority-Muslim countries—along with his explicit promise to prioritize Christian refugees over people from other religions—has drawn condemnation from many corners. On Friday, just after Trump officially signed the order, Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, issued a statement condemning the president’s decision.
Read the statement in full:“I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war. I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants — the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life.
I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled-out for discrimination.
I am heartbroken for girls like my friend Zaynab, who fled wars in three countries — Somalia, Yemen and Egypt — before she was even 17. Two years ago she received a visa to come to the United States. She learned English, graduated high school and is now in college studying to be a human rights lawyer.
Zaynab was separated from her little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt. 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.”