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.
— Malala (@Malala) September 3, 2017
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.
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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