Don’t expel girls to Somalia, Malala urges

The youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai arrived in Kenya and celebrated her 19th birthday at Dadaab refugee camp.

During her Daadab visit, Malala said that just like boys girls need education and should not be expelled to Somalia.

Thousands of schoolgirls risk becoming a “lost generation” if the government closes the camp, the world’s largest, she said on Tuesday.

“The camp is to be closed down soon. I want to make sure these girls don’t become a lost generation. There should be alternative facilities so they can continue their education,” Malala said.

The Pakistani teenage education activist said refugee students will be forced to end their education, because there are “no good” schools in Somalia and South Sudan.

Malala said most girls are married off to men in the war-torn Somalia. “If they do not go to school, they will get married at a very early age. That would have been my future, if I did not go to school,” she said.

Malala who was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban which opposes girl’s education said that “the problem is there aren’t enough schools in Somalia” and the girls “should not be forced to move.”