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Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize 2014 laureate Malala Yousafzai speaks during a meeting with students of the Telmex-Telcel Foundation at the National Auditorium in Mexico City on September 01, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

‘World is waiting’

Malala criticizes and challenges fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate

By WITW Staff on September 5, 2017

Malala Yousafzai stepped into the political fray over the weekend and criticized one of her fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates for her ongoing silence on a crisis affecting the Muslim Rohingya people of Myanmar. Yousafzai, leading a growing chorus of criticism, called on Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to break her silence on the plight of her country’s religious minority, which has been faced with a harsh crackdown in recent years from the military.

Yousafzai posted her full statement on Twitter. She said, “Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.” The 20-year-old education advocate also condemned the violence against the Rohingya people, and called on Suu Kyi to do the same. She also urged other nations in the region to do more to help the Rohingya people. Read her full statement below.

In the last two weeks, more than 70,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country and hundreds more have died in the violence many are fleeing. Activists say as many as 30,000 Rohingya refugees are trapped without adequate food and water in the country’s northern northern Rakhine State. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in what is a largely Buddhist country.

An Indian student activist writes posters for a rally against the Myanmar government to protest the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, next to a picture of Myanmar’s civilian leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, in Kolkata on September 4, 2017. Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai led a growing chorus of criticism on September 4 aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

A genocidal wave of anti-Muslim violence forced more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims into camps or out of the country altogether over that time, and no one has been spared, with small children being subject to great suffering.

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