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Malala Yousafzai wants open borders for Afghan refugees



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Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has asked countries around the world to open their borders to Afghan refugees. Malala is worried about the safety of millions of Afghans after the Taliban took over Afghanistan on August the 15th. Malala is an activist for human rights and comes from Pakistan. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 because she supported education for girls. She was 15 years old at that time and was on the bus on her way to school. She is now worried that girls in Afghanistan will not receive a proper education. She is also concerned that women in Afghanistan will not have the freedom they have had for the past twenty years.

Ms Yousafzai became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2014 at the age of 17. She has since continued campaigning for the education of women and children. She spoke to the BBC about the situation in Afghanistan. She called recent events "shocking" and said there is now an "urgent humanitarian crisis". She said: "We are living in a world where we're talking about advancements, about equality, about gender equality. We cannot see a country going decades and centuries back." She added: "We have to take some bold [actions] for the protection of women and girls, for the protection of minority groups and for peace and stability in that region."

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