Malala calls out Aung San Suu Kyi over silence on Rohingya
Yousafzai called for an end to the suffering which she said breaks her heart and for the Myanmar government to recognize the Rohingya population as equal citizens.
“If their home is not Myanmar, where they have lived for generations, then where is it? Rohingya people should be given citizenship in Myanmar, the country where they were born,” she added.
“Other countries, including my own country Pakistan, should follow Bangladesh’s example and give food, shelter and access to education to Rohingya families fleeing violence and terror.”
It is the second time in less than a year that a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has led to a mass exodus. Speaking to the BBC in April, Suu Kyi denied ethnic cleansing was taking place against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.
Yousafzai became a household name across the world after she survived an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while riding home from school in Pakistan in 2012.
She was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Kailash Satyarthi for activism on behalf of children’s rights in 2014. In August, she announced she has been accepted to study at the University of Oxford.
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