Malala Yousafzai Posts Heartfelt Plea Against Trump’s Brutal Refugee Order

Malala Yousafzai – the teenaged Pakistani activist whose story of survival at the hand of radical Taliban forces became worldwide news – has issued an impassioned plea to United States President Donald Trump to wind back a brand-new executive order, which will suspend the nation’s refugee program for four months.

In a post through The Malala Fund’s Facebook page, 19-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner urged Trump to retract the new measures, which also bar anyone from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Syria from entering the US for 90 days – at a minimum.

Yousafzai writes “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.”
According to Trump’s new order, Syrian refugees are also indefinitely banned from entering the US. According to Trump, their presence is “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

In turn, Yousafzai says “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.”

The post also includes an anecdote that works against the bulk of Trump’s misguided attempt at self-preservation – a short recounting of Yousafzai’s friend Zaynab, “who fled wars in three countries — Somalia, Yemen and Egypt — before she was even 17.”

Zaynab lost contact with her younger sister in Egypt; Yousafzai says “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.”
Yousafzai is hardly the only one railing against the measures, with US pundits noting some glaring flaws in the whole deal:

Oh, by the way, this whole thing may very well affect us too. Remember that refugee swap deal that was on the table, seemingly enabling us to move some detainees in Australian offshore detention facilities (read: literal fucking Hell) to the States? Well, Trump’s latest move certainly won’t provide any cause for optimism. None at all.

Read Yousafzai’s full statement below:

Source: Malala Fund / ABC CNN / Reuters.
Photo: Pacific Press / Getty.