Malala Yousafzai arrives in Pakistan to visit flood victims

Malala Yousafzai arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday, returning home after 4 years to visit areas devastated by unprecedented monsoon flooding and meet flood victims.

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Her non-profit organization, the Malala Fund, stated in a statement that her visit seeks “to assist keep international attention focused on the impact of floods in Pakistan and stress the need for urgent humanitarian aid.”

According to the most recent estimates, the disastrous floods have caused roughly eight million people to flee their homes and killed 1,700 people.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) had previously received an emergency relief grant from the Malala Fund to help with flood relief efforts and “defend the wellbeing of girls and young women in Pakistan.”

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According to a statement on the fund’s website, “With this award, IRC will offer psychosocial support to girls in Balochistan by developing safe spaces for them, which will teach life skills training and provide menstrual and reproductive health management support.”

It further stated that the IRC will offer emergency education assistance to females who were displaced or whose schools had been damaged or shut down.

According to the announcement, “the IRC will also repair and rehabilitate 10 damaged government school buildings for females to ensure girls may return to school.”

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Malala Yousafzai was also quoted as saying, “My heart hurts seeing the carnage in Pakistan and the lives of millions of people destroyed overnight. I implore the international community to take action right away on policies to stop climate change and create climate-finance systems in addition to providing substantial aid and support.

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Second journey for Malala Yousafzai since the 2012 attack

Since surviving a Taliban attack in Swat in 2012, when she had to leave for medical care in the UK, Yousafzai has made two trips to Pakistan. Two days after the attack’s tenth anniversary, she arrived in Karachi.

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Malala YousafzaI most recent trip to Pakistan was in March 2018.

Her trip to Pakistan also falls on the annual International Day of the Girl Child, which is held on October 11 to recognize girls’ rights and the difficulties they encounter and is in line with the goals of Malala Fund founder Yousafzai.

Yousafzai, who is from the Swat region, has resided in the UK since October 2012.

She was transported in critical condition from Pakistan to a hospital in Birmingham after being shot in the head during a targeted attack by the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Swat. After taking an exam, she and other girls were traveling home in a school vehicle when the TTP members started shooting at them. In the incident, two additional females also suffered gunshot wounds.

Both nationally and internationally, there was strong opposition to the attack on the schoolgirls. Yousafzai was forced to remain in the UK due to security concerns when the TTP disowned her in response to the criticism.

Yousafzai proclaimed the beginning of a movement to support girls’ education when she had recovered.

Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2014 for putting their lives in danger to fight for children’s rights.

The greatest honor awarded by the UN head on a citizen of the world, Yousafzai was chosen by Antonio Guterres in April 2017 to be a UN envoy of peace.

The visit coincides with protests over the rise in violence.

In response to an increase in violence in her birthplace of Mingora in the Swat Valley, Yousafzai’s visit occurs as pupils at her previous school join a strike.

Until a significant military operation in Pakistan’s northwest in 2014 brought an end to the TTP’s years-long insurgency there, the area was secure.

But since the Taliban took back control of Afghanistan across the border last year, there has been a rise of militancy there.

Attacks have increased recently, primarily targeting security forces.

Up to 2,000 kids and instructors skipped class on Monday as a result of an attack on a school bus that left the driver dead and a child injured.

Locals accused the TTP, but the organization has denied guilt.

Tuesday saw another mass absence of students and faculty who demanded regional peace.

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