The young Pakistani girl who captivated the world after recovering from being shot in the head by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, has spoken out about the horribly discriminatory anti-Muslim policies of President Donald Trump.
Malala Yousafzai, the figurehead of the “Malala Fund,” said in a statement:
I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war. I am heartbroken that America is turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants. The people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life. I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled out for discrimination.
Yousafzai is not alone in her criticism and heartbreak at the actions taken by Trump, as he is being vilified around the world. In hopes of persuading Trump, Yousafzai shared a story about a refugee who came to the United States who will now be unable to leave the country to see their family, and their family will be unable to gain access to the country:
Zaynab was separated from her little sister when she fled unrest in Egypt. Today her hope of being reunited with her precious sister dims. In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families.
Trump has proved himself to be an individual who truly listens to nobody, and will likely not be swayed by Malala Yousafzai’s words. However, Trump can certainly not claim his policies are popular.