‘Deeply worried’ about women as Taliban control Afghanistan: Malala

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said she is worried for the safety of women, at the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. The rights activist, who was shot in the head by Taliban terrorists in Pakistan for her campaign for the education of girls, urged global and regional powers to call for an immediate ceasefire and provide help to civilians.

“We watch in complete shock as the Taliban takes control of Afghanistan. I am deeply worried about women, minorities, and human rights advocates. Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians,” tweeted Malala.

The longstanding war in Afghanistan reached a watershed moment on Sunday when the Taliban insurgents closed in on Kabul before entering the city and took over the presidential palace, forcing embattled President Ashraf Ghani to join fellow citizens and foreigners to flee the country.

Malala was born in Pakistan in 1997, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman at the age of 15 on her way back home from school in the Swat District. She was targeted for speaking out about the plight of girls in her region, who were banned from going to school by the Taliban.

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At age 17, Malala became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her education advocacy in 2014 when she shared the coveted honor with India’s social activist Kailash Satyarthi.