Pakistan’s Nobel Laureate and female education activist Malala Yousufzai has condemned the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, saying her “heart breaks” at their suffering.
As violence continues against the Rohingya in Myanmar, many activists, international organizations and countries have denounced the Myanmar government for letting the atrocities continue.
Malala Yousufzai was among those who come out in support of the Rohingya Muslim community, calling for a stop to the violence.
Malala said she has seen “pictures of small children killed by Myanmar’s security forces.”
Even though these children attacked no one, their houses were burnt to the ground, she added.
Malala also urged the Myanmar government to give citizenship to the Muslim minority as it is the country they were born in.
“If their home is not Myanmar, where they have lived for generations, then where is it?”
She also called on other countries to aid the Rohingya, and praised Bangladesh as an example.
“Over the last several years, I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment. I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aang San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting,” she remarked.
Violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on August 25 when government forces launched attacks against the Rohingya Muslim community.