Malala Yousafzai urges UN to help Kashmiri children go back to school, work towards peace in the Valley

Malala Yousafzai urges UN to help Kashmiri children go back to school, work towards peace in the Valley

Press Trust of India

Sep 15, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the United Nations to work towards peace in Kashmir
She urged the UN to help children go back to school amid the tense situation in the Valley
Normal life has remained affected in Kashmir since 5 August, when the special status for Jammu and Kashmir was scrapped and restrictions were imposed
London: Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani education rights activist Malala Yousafzai has urged the United Nations (UN) to work towards peace in Kashmir and help children go back to school amid the tense situation in the Valley.

Malala Yousafzai urges UN to help Kashmiri children go back to school, work towards peace in the ValleyFile image of Malala Yousafzai. AP
Normal life has remained affected in Kashmir since 5 August, when the special status for Jammu and Kashmir was scrapped and restrictions were imposed. Most shops and schools remain shut and public transport has gone off the roads.

“I am asking leaders, at UNGA and beyond, to work towards peace in Kashmir, listen to Kashmiri voices and help children go safely back to school,” the youngest ever Nobel Laureate tweeted on Saturday. Malala, 22, said she is deeply concerned about reports of students who have not been able to attend school for more than 40 days, about girls who are afraid to leave their homes.

“I wanted to hear directly from girls living in Kashmir right now. It took a lot of work from a lot of people to get their stories because of the communications blackout. Kashmiris are cut off from the world and unable to make their voices heard. Let Kashmir Speak,” she tweeted.

As the shutdown in the Valley entered its 41st day on Saturday, most of the shops and other business establishments remained closed. Internet services remained suspended across all platforms. While landline phones across the Valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir. The efforts of the state government to reopen schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep the kids at home due to apprehensions about their safety.

Updated Date: Sep 15, 2019 13:13:18 IST