We’re all well aware of the fact that Malala often seems to trigger cynical reactions among our fellow Pakistanis with every move she makes. I have a feeling they just loathe her for no good reason. Khair, anyway Malala recently published her book ‘We Are Displaced’, and apparently she’s making waves all around the world. Even Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif is pretty impressed.
Pertaining to her upcoming book, Malala recently had an awe inspiring interview at ‘The Daily Show’ with host Trevor Noah.
In her interview, our very own Nobel Peace Prize holder talked about how people know about the refugees but haven’t heard their stories from them, which is what her book is about.
She said that the immense load of difficulties thrust upon these refugees, especially girls, is unimaginable and heartbreaking. But is also inspiring at the same time how these girls manage to lift themselves from the ashes and stand tall while they’re still as young as 15 years old.
When asked why she chose to put her own inspiring story aside and focus on the story of these girls in the book, Malala highlighted that being displaced and having to leave your homes behind to save your life is one of he most difficult things these refugees and immigrants have had to endure. At the same time, these girls show ‘resilience, courage and bravery’ which gives us so much to learn from them. The world needs to hear their stories and be inspired by what they’ve had to go through to lose their homes.
She talked about how Muslims are generally perceived while all that’s needed is to interact with them to find out who they really are
Here’s the complete interview:
“My father often says, ‘If you want to know about a Muslim person, do not know them through the news. Go and visit your next-door neighbor who is a Muslim and talk to them.’”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 14, 2019
I don’t know about you guys, but I love this girl!
Her comments garnered mixed reactions from all over the world for starters, many Muslims around the world really felt what she spoke about the world not looking at Muslims without bias
Too right. Muslims I know are some of the most kind people I know (and as a bonus they love making me great food), but you'd have a very different idea of them if you'd only watch tv
— Oldrik Jansen (@OldrikJansen) January 15, 2019
And then, other uplifting comments followed suit.
Malala is such a great role model
— Optimist☀️ (@VolleyMePlease) January 14, 2019
Your story always inspiring for common people like me. Tq @Malala for sharing your journey to the world. Let it be an inspiration for youth for creating a better concept of humanity in this ever growing world.
— Nanthiswara (@R_Nanthiswara) January 15, 2019
The silence in the audience was indicative of their eagerness to listen.
— Syed Daniyal Ahmed (@SyedDaniyalAhm1) January 15, 2019
I love her strength and wisdom. Such an inspiring woman.
— Doug Cronkhite (@DougCronkhite) January 14, 2019
Even non-Muslims shared their personal experiences knowing Muslims
Not sure if my Oncologist & Cardiologist are Muslim, because I never asked. But I know they both came here from Pakistan.
Both saved my life.
— Cat (@CatFanatic9) January 14, 2019
People also loved that Malala talked about how hard it really is to leave your home and live your life as a refugee
Malala is an inspiration to many and as such should we really listen to what she says. Many refugees do not want to leave their homes or countries but war, government, hunger or just the dangers force them to leave. Their families safety is what drives them. Much ❤ for this girl
— Ivy Marisol Luna (@Harukadeimos) January 14, 2019
And then this guy jumped in and mentioned how her fellow Pakistanis treat her on social media forums
Go to any PAKISTANI social media forum/group… and one hears nothing but absolute LOATHING against Malala from her "fellow" Pakistani citizens.
— Samir (@sam7x9x) January 15, 2019
And this one tried to downplay Malala having to leave her country and the label of refugee to be used for her or not
He did say that her work for education is still commendable.
with all due respect, Malala has never been a refugee and was never displaced; refugees infact have suffered in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kashmir, Palestine who then had to leave their countries due to foreign invasion! Malala's contribution to education for women is remarkable!
— MA Baig (@Mirza_A_Baig1) January 15, 2019
Of course, the haters wouldn’t let it go still.
Ya condemning terrorism worldwide, excluding her own country, Pakistan….
— Kanishka Lad (@kanishkalad) January 16, 2019
Oh look.. agent Malala is on prime time TV.. again.. pic.twitter.com/5oQ0mmkp9p
— Akib Mahmood (@ak18dar) January 15, 2019
So Malala is being ‘used’ to divert the attention of the world towards the refugees… and that’s a bad thing?
why Malala is being used by the liberal fringe media of US to promote its own radical agendas, like Refugees…Malala's has nothing to do with Refugees, her own agenda is girls education in Islamic countries..Shame..
— Tausif Kamal (@Tkamal147) January 15, 2019
But most people made a lot of sense, thankfully
If there are good Christians and bad Christians in the world why everyone is thinking that there are only bad Muslims?? This is soooo wrong. Of course there are good Muslims.
— Mustafa 🇹🇷 (@03ozd) January 14, 2019
So yeah, this girl right here is all the world needs. I wish her all the very best fro her future. May she fly higher with every step she takes. Shine on, girl.
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